Slinger, WI Chain Reaction Collision, Feb 1997
CHAIN-REACTION CRASH KILLS 7.
Slinger, Wis. (AP) - A tractor-trailer driver lost control on an icy highway this morning, causing a chain-reaction crash that killed seven men in a van.
"It's the product of slippery roads most likely. Everybody was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Ozaukee County Sheriff Jack Theusch said.
The names of the dead were not immediately available.
The northbound semi pulling two trailers crossed into oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 41 and hit another semi in the predawn crash.
The second semi crossed back into northbound traffic and hit the leased van. A truck behind the van could not stop and smashed into it, Theusch said.
Four other people were injured, including two men in the van, he said.
One of the trucks spilled a load of wood. The highway in this town 20 miles northwest of Milwaukee remained closed at midmorning.
John Rieger, a spokesman at Mayfair Rent-A-Car Inc., the company that leased the van, said this morning he could not release any information.
Stevens Point Journal Wisconsin 1997-02-12