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Winter storms pounds some areas, spares others


Much of the Newsline 9 viewing area escaped the brunt of Tuesday's winter storm. But other parts of Wisconsin were pounded, leading to slippery roads and serious crashes.

A semi plunged into a river near Menomonie. Crews recovered a body from that crash believed to be the semi's driver. They're still searching for a second person. The crash happened Tuesday morning on Interstate 94. Wisconsin State patrol says the semi slipped off the road, went down an embankment, and plunged into the river.

Officers worked to find a cause.

"When you see these things, the first thing you think as an indication is weather," said Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Jeff Lorentz. "Roads had about an inch of snow on them and the roads were becoming slippery at the time. We don't have any other vehicles involved at this time. There were no witnesses or other vehicles."

Part of I-94 was closed for several hours while crews cleared the truck away.

Also on I-94, in Dunn County, a state patrol squad ended up on its roof. Officials say the officer was responding to another crash.

"He caught some of the same snow that everybody else is catching and when he slid along the guard rail his car did flip over but it was a very slow speed," said Lt. Lorentz.

The deputy was not hurt.

In La Crosse, cars slid off the roads and schools were canceled because of the snow.

Madison received more than six inches as of Tuesday afternoon. The city declared a snow emergency so crews could clear the snow away.

And in southern Wisconsin, heavy snow fell all morning in Walworth County—weather that's starting to get a little old to some people there.

"I'm ready for summer," said business owner Suzy Reinholn. "I wish it would have come a little bit earlier, maybe around Christmastime."

Perhaps she should visit Marathon County where people received just a dusting of snow.

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