Deadly pileup kills 10 in Wisconsin

| 10/15/2002

More than three dozen vehicles crashed on a foggy Wisconsin interstate Friday morning, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 38. About 40 cars and trucks were involved in the pileup near Cedar Grove, 60 miles north of Milwaukee.

The crashes - one major crash and at least three smaller ones - happened about 7:30 a.m. on both sides of I-43 as heavy fog swept over the road just west of Lake Michigan. At least eight vehicles reportedly caught fire, and some victims were burned beyond recognition.

Others may never be found, Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. John Jones told news reporters. One vehicle after another, traveling too fast for the foggy conditions, plowed into each other and burst into flames. Jones said visibility was "next to nothing" when the first officers arrived.

An eight-mile stretch of the freeway from Cedar Grove to Belgium was closed Friday. The northbound lanes were reopened to traffic about 5:30 p.m. Friday; the southbound lanes about midnight.