Serious Traffic Crash with Road Closure

To: Media
From: Green Lake County Sheriff's Office
Re/Event: Serious Traffic Crash with Road Closure  #122469
Date/Time of Incident: Monday, August 20, 2012, at 2:08pm
Address: Sth. 73 at Cth. S/ Heritage Rd., Markesan
Date of Release: 08/20/12   
Release #: 1-1


On Monday, August 20, 2012, at 2:08pm, the Green Lake County Sheriff's E911 Communications Center received a call of a two vehicle traffic crash. The crash was reported to involve a semi truck with trailer and a solid waste truck. Injuries were reported with an operator pinned inside of a truck.   The location of the crash was reported to be on Sth.73 at Cth.S/Heritage Rd., in the Township of Manchester, County of Green Lake, located approximately 3 miles West of Markesan.

   Emergency response units and law enforcement arrived on the scene at 2:13pm and found two injured parties and road blockage. The Jaws of Life were used to extracate one of the operators. Both operators were transported with non-life threatening injuries; one to Ripon Medical Center and the other to Waupun Memorial Hospital.

   A preliminary investigation into the crash has revealed that a 2000 Freightliner semi-tractor with trailer was operating West on Cth.S hauling canned vegetables. That Freightliner, driven by Michael J. Keith, age 47, of Chicago, Illinios, entered Sth.73 into the path of a 2010 Mack solid waste truck driven by Brennan E. Schellpfeffer, age 28, of Iron River, Wisconsin. The solid waste truck impacted the vegetable trailer splitting the cargo portion in half. The solid waste truck cab separated from the frame and engine then rolling over to a point of rest in the South ditch.

   Sth. 73 is expected to be closed until approximately 10:00pm, however, due to the possibility of a hazardous spill, this may be longer.

   The Markesan Ambulance, Markesan Fire and Emergency Government, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene.

   This incident remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office. Citations are expected to be issued when the investigation has concluded.


Release Prepared by:    Mark Putzke
                                           Chief Deputy Sheriff   
                                           Green Lake County Sheriff's Office


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