Interstate reopens after 131 vehicle pileup causes 15 hour closure

A 27 year veteran sheriff's deputy called the pileup "the worst conditions I've ever seen."

On Monday morning, Wisconsin transportation officials finally reopened an interstate after a massive pileup involving over 100 vehicles forced it to shut down for more than 15 hours.

The crash happened around 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, February 24, on  I-41 in Neenah, Wisconsin, according to a report from the Journal-Sentinel.

While whiteout winter weather conditions were occurring, 131 passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles collided in the southbound lanes of I-41.

One person was killed in the massive pileup. Seventy-one other people were injured.

If you think your having a bad day be glad you arent here……..I-41 South by NeenahPrayers to all involved.

Posted by Brittany Venzke on Sunday, February 24, 2019

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Todd Christopherson said of the chain-reaction crash: “I’ve been in the law enforcement business — this is my 27th year. On scene, that was the worst conditions I’ve ever seen.”

I-41 Pileup

The pileup shut down both directions of I-41 for hours. It took even longer to reopen the southbound lanes of the interstate as officials had to remove crashed vehicles, transport injured drivers to the hospital, and detour traffic backed up from the crash.

All lanes of southbound I-41 finally reopened around 3 a.m. on Monday, February 25, after a 15 hour road closure.