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Winter storm blamed for several pileups in SE Wisconsin


SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- Authorities say the winter storm has caused two deaths and several multi-car accidents, mostly along I-43 and I-94 in Milwaukee and Racine counties, respectively.

Police say snow-covered, slipper roads contributed to at least 60 percent of crashes in Racine county. They also say conditions were so dangerous that they told people not to drive at all for much of the day.

"The next thing I knew, I looked up and was just swerving through cars, dodging cars. And we ended up in a ditch," said driver Luis Alanis, involved in one of the crashes.

A spokeswoman for Wheaton Franciscan Hospital says at least 40 patients came in after crashes to its facilities in Racine and Franklin. Most visits were for minor injuries. Paramedics took 17 people in Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, and six are in critical condition.

Other accidents in the state include a 40-car pileup in the Southbound lane of Hwy 41 in Menomonee Falls on Sunday afternoon; another multi-car crash on Hwy 41 in Germantown; and a 41-vehicle crash on 894 South in Greenfield. For the latter crash, the last person of the nine who were taken to hospitals is expected to go home Monday morning.

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