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UPDATE: Firefighter improving after Interstate crash

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Fire officials have identified the firefighter hurt in a crash on I-90/94 during an extended snowfall.

Delton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson says Joe Sabol, 39, was upgraded from critical to stable condition after he was hit while directing traffic on the interstate Saturday morning. The 13-year veteran had serious injuries. 

Jorgenson asks the public to be extra careful driving near emergency scenes and construction zones. The Baraboo man was standing near a fire truck with lights pulled over on the highway. 

Sabol's wife Amanda, who is also a first responder, released the following statement, pleading for caution on the roads: 

As my husband begins to recall more and more about this incident I have heard him talk about the many vehicles that were sliding around and going just way too fast for the conditions and around that crash scene. Since my husband’s injury, we have been getting a lot of offers of help and what I would really like is your help to remember that the men and women working out there have families too who need them to come home. Please make this incident the last of its kind and slow down.”


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Authorities say a firefighter has life-threatening injuries after being hit while responding to a deadly crash on I-90 near Lake Delton.

According to Wisconsin State Patrol investigators, a Montello driver lost control on an on-ramp from Highway 12 to I-90/94 around 8 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle spun out of control and was hit by a car driving on the interstate. The 54-year-old Montello woman died. The driver who hit her was not hurt. 

A Delton firefighter responded to the crash, parking his truck with emergency lights in the shoulder of the interstate. While he was directing traffic, authorities say another driver lost control of her vehicle on the slippery road and hit him, then a road sign. 

The firefighter, a 39-year-old Baraboo man, was taken to a hospital then transferred to UW Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver was not hurt. 


LAKE DELTON (WKOW) -- A Sauk County Sheriff's official tells 27 News a Delton firefighter was hit by a car while tending to an accident on the interstate near the Dells.

The sheriff's office says the firefighter was hit on I-90 near mile marker 92. They say injuries are unknown, but it is "not a fatal".

Emergency crews are also working on multiple accidents in the area, one of them is confirmed a fatal.

27 News has a crew on the way and will update this story as soon as more information becomes available. 

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