One dead, one missing, after semi truck falls off bridge into lake

Rescue crews are still searching for a person more than 24 hours after a semi truck plunged off of a Wisconsin bridge into a lake in a crash that left another person dead.

Troopers with the Wisconsin State Police learned of the crash around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 17, near the Wisconsin Dells, according to a report from WKOW.

One dead, one missing, after semi truck falls off bridge into lake

Police reportedly discovered a damaged guardrail on the bridge on eastbound I-90 at mile marker 91 and then spotted a semi truck that had fallen more than 10 stories from the bridge, becoming fully submerged in Mirror Lake below.

Emergency crews found one person dead inside the cab of the submerged truck.

One other person is still missing from the crashed semi truck. Police had to call off the search for that person late Sunday night due to poor visibility and severe weather conditions.

One dead, one missing, after semi truck falls off bridge into lake

The search will resume on Monday morning, but investigators do not think that the missing person is still alive. “At this point, there are no signs of life and it is a recovery effort,” police say.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated but authorities believe that weather may have been a factor.

Both lanes of eastbound I-90 were closed for about 5 hours so that crews could remove the semi truck from the lake.

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A similar crash occurred in January of 2011 when a semi truck crashed off of I-90, through a median and guardrail, and fell more than 100 feet into Mirror Lake below. New York-based truck driver Peter G. Ramanand died in the crash, but a passenger inside the truck survived.

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