1 killed in Portage County crash

All lanes are back open in both directions on I-39 in Portage County near Stevens Point.
All lanes are blocked heading Southbound on I-39 in Portage County near Stevens Point.
All lanes are blocked heading Southbound on I-39 in Portage County near Stevens Point.(MGN)
Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 1:01 AM CDT
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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - The Portage County Sheriff’s Department said one person has died following a crash early Friday morning.

Around 12:30 a.m., a crash involving an SUV and semi happened on I-39 at the southbound 161-mile marker.

Investigators said the SUV was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes and struck a southbound semi. Both vehicles entered the median and the SUV caught on fire.

The driver of the SUV, a 71-year-old man from Stevens Point died at the scene. The semi-driver, a 54-year-old man from De Pere was taken to a Stevens Point hospital.

The Portage Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Stevens Point Ambulance, Stevens Point Fire Department, Hull Fire Department, and the Plover Fire Department. The Stevens Point Police Department and the University of Stevens Point Police Officers also assisted with traffic control. The Portage County Highway Department and the Stevens Point City Streets Department assisted with the rerouting of I-39 traffic. The State Patrol responded with a technical crash investigator.

This accident remains under investigation.