State troopers released from hospital following deadly crashes

The Wisconsin State Patrol confirmed both troopers injured in a series of Friday morning crashes have been released from the hospital.

Authorities said the two troopers suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

The news came at an afternoon press conference held at WSP's DeForest post.

Capt. Jason Zee of the state patrol called out the actions of citizens who helped pull two people from a burning vehicle. Zee said more people would have died if not for their actions.

Four died and several others were hurt after a series of crashes on northbound Interstate-39 near Lodi Friday morning.

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From the Wisconsin State Patrol:

Highway: I-39 NB

Location: WIS 60


At 3:53 AM on Friday June 12, 2020 a crash occurred on I-39 NB at WIS 60 in COLUMBIA County near LODI. No assisting agencies were reported. The crash involved 4 fatalities and 7 injuries. Vehicle and occupant information, if available, is on the last page(s).

The details of the crash are as follows: The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating a series of crashes that occurred this morning along northbound I-90/94/39 in Columbia County resulting in fatalities and numerous injuries.

At approximately 3:53 a.m., officers responded to a property damage, rear-end crash involving two semis at I-90/94/39 at WIS 60 near Lodi.

At approximately 5:11 a.m., a straight truck piled into the first crash scene which resulted in a Columbia County Highway worker being seriously injured, and serious but non-life-threatening injuries to two state troopers. All three individuals were transported to UW Hospital.

At approximately 6:45 a.m., as northbound traffic was cueing due to the earlier crashes, a major, multi-vehicle crash occurred along the northbound interstate near County K resulting in multiple fatalities and injuries. A semi-tractor traveling at highway speeds created a chain-reaction crash involving at least seven vehicles - two semi-tractor trailers, a dump truck and four passenger vehicles.

The northbound interstate is closed at WIS 19 (exit 131) in DANE COUNTY with traffic re-routed onto US 51 north. Northbound I-39/90/94 will be closed for several hours as authorities investigate

and clear the crash scene.

More information will be provided when available. If media have additional questions, contact

WisDOTs Office of Public Affairs at 608/266-3581 or at


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