DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- A car traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 94 crashed head on with another car, killing three and injuring one.
The scene of a two-vehicle crash, along Interstate 94 in Dunn County on Thursday night.
According to a release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, at about 5:44 p.m. on Thursday the Eau Claire State Patrol Post received multiple complaints of a black car that had crossed the median and was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-94 near milepost 37.
About three miles later near the Village of Knapp, the black car crashed head on with a gray car traveling eastbound. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office said the gray car started on fire and all three people inside died. The driver of the black car was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of the family. The Wisconsin State Patrol is still investigating the crash.
DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- All lanes of Interstate 94 were reopened by 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Wisconsin State Patrol.
The crash remains under investigation.
A member of Wisconsin State Patrol told WEAU 13 News two vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 on Thursday evening.
As of 7:50 p.m. one lane in each direction has been reopened and crews are still on the scene investigating the crash.
All lanes of Interstate 94 are currently being blocked off due to a crash.
According to a release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, the crash happened at 5:45 Thursday night at Mile Marker 34. This is a developing story. Keep it here for any more information
MENOMONIE, Wis. - A wrong-way driver crashed head on with another vehicle near Menomonie, leaving three people dead and another injured.
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened about 5:44 p.m. Thursday. Dispatchers had received multiple complaints about a black car that had crossed the median and was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-94 near milepost 37.
(Photo: Wisconsin State Patrol)
About three miles later the black car crashed head on with a gray car traveling eastbound near the Village of Knapp. The gray vehicle started on fire and all three people inside did not survive. The driver of the black car was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
At this point it is unclear if the driver of the wrong-way vehicle will face criminal charges, or if alcohol or drugs were involved.
The three people who were killed have been identified as Adam Gene Kendhammer, 32; Jeremy Andrew Berchem, 27; and Bryan Edward Rudell, 29.
KARE 11 News spoke with family members of Berchem. They say they're still realizing that he's gone.
"I just hope he knows how significant he was and how much everybody loved him. We’re a really small family, there’s only a few of us and it changes the dynamics of everything and so there’s always going to be a big hole, a missing presence" said Jill Wisner, Berchem's sister.
"I really looked up to him. He was so smart. He was so full of character and its been really hard," said Ari Wisner, Berchem's niece.