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UPDATE: WI State Trooper narrowly missed, witnesses fatal wrong-way crash on I-94

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DEERFIELD (WKOW)-- Wisconsin state trooper Craig Morehouse had a close call late Wednesday night, when a driver going the wrong way on the interstate nearly hit him head on.

"He missed me by a couple of feet," Morehouse explains. "The car in front of me he missed by inches."

Morehouse was called to I-94 near Deerfield around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday after a driver reported seeing another driver who may be impaired. Morehouse got to the scene a few minutes later.

"I saw him driving on the road and at this point, we don't know why, but he suddenly decided to turn around. he started heading westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic."

After nearly being hit, Morehouse saw the driver hit two cars less than a hundred yards ahead of him. Immediately after the impact Morehouse rushed in to help the victims.

"Some of the people were ejected from their cars," Morehouse explains. "I was trying to find them in the grass."

One of the cars involved in the crash also started on fire. Morehouse says he was able to put it out quickly before it got out of control.

Additional troopers, officers and first responders all got to the scene less than ten minutes later.

"Cars were basically unrecognizable as cars," Morehouse explains. "There was a lot of damage."

Investigators say the man who caused the crashes is a 32-year-old man from Waunakee. He was airlifted to UW Hospital and is currently being treated for life threatening injuries.

One of the cars he hit was carrying four people, all of them between the ages of 26 and 28. Officials say the driver of that vehicle was rushed by ambulance to UW Hospital as well. His three passengers however, all died at the scene.

The driver and sole occupant, a 23-year-old man in another vehicle also died at the scene.

Investigators say it will take several days to figure out the exact details of this crash.

"You want to make something like this as thorough and complete as possible, that does require some time," Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. William Miller says.

A debriefing session has been scheduled for Friday morning, involving the Wisconsin State Patrol and numerous other agencies involved in the response. Investigators also plan to use a computer program to create a rendering of the accident so they can get a 3-dimensional look at what happened.


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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Four people were killed in a crash where the Wisconsin State Patrol says the driver of an SUV was heading the wrong way down the interstate.

Around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, State Patrol got a driving complaint about an SUV that was driving erratically on I-94 in Dane County. As troopers tried to catch up to the Honda Pilot, it turned around in the eastbound lanes of the interstate and began driving against traffic. One of the troopers was nearly hit head-on, but was able to avoid the vehicle and continued to follow the vehicle.

Before the trooper could catch up to the driver, the Honda Pilot crashed into two sedans head-on at mile marker 249, near Deerfield. The driver of the Pilot was injured and taken to UW Hospital in critical condition. The driver of a Nissan Sentra, a 28-year-old man from Whitefish Bay, had to be cut of out his vehicle. He has life-threatening injuries and was also taken to UW Hospital. He had three passengers with him and they were all killed in the crash; a 28-year-old woman from Milwaukee, a 26-year-old woman from Milwaukee and a 26-year-old man from Waterloo.

The second car the driver of the Pilot hit, a Toyota Corolla, was being driven by a 23-year-old man from Northbrook, Illinois. He also died. 

The Wisconsin State Patrol says alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, but the incident is still under investigation. No one's name has been released yet as families are still being notified.

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