Semi driver cited after hitting Ashwaubenon squad

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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) - A semi truck driver received a ticket after plowing into an Ashwaubenon squad car Monday morning.

The crash happened at the intersection of Cormier Road at Ashland Avenue.

Public Safety says the southbound semi truck failed to stop at a red light and hit the squad on the driver's side.

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The squad went into the median. An officer was initially trapped in the vehicle but was able to get free. The officer, who hasn't been publicly identified, was not hurt.

"He was a bit shaken up from the crash, but he's doing OK," Capt. Jody Crocker, Ashwaubenon Public Safety, said.

Ashland Ave. was closed for about two-and-a-half hours.

The crash happened at about 9:30 a.m. when roads were slick with snow.

"Right now we don't have an estimate of speed of the semi at the time, but you'll see on the video it was nowhere to being close to being stopped, where he should have been at a speed where he was able to stop before entering the intersection," Crocker said.

The speed limit on Ashland Ave. is 45 MPH.

Crocker says the crash could have been much worse. All airbags on the driver's side deployed in the crash, but Crocker says besides the squad car's safety features, the slippery roads actually helped.

Luckily the roads were slick, and therefore that wasn't that much friction on the vehicle. This could've been a whole lot worse," Crocker said.

Trucking instructors say semis can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. In general, they require more than 400 feet to come to a stop, but in slippery conditions it takes double the number length to stop.

"You're gonna probably add twice that distance on just for stopping on slippery roads. So you've got to think, you take a piece of ice, you try to slide it, how are you going to stop it? And it's underneath the tires and all that weight," Northeast Wisconsin Technical College commercial driver's license instructor Dan Scheider said.

"(Tuesday) we're going to have another storm. The road conditions are going to be different again. Whether or not they're icy, they're going to be snow-covered. The snow is going to pull you around, things like that. You have to keep all of those things in mind when you're driving. and the biggest thing is, whenever you're driving, you have to drive at a speed where you're able to maneuver your vehicle and safely stop," Crocker said.

Police posted on Facebook, "This is a good reminder to drive within safe speeds so you are able to stop and/or avoid crashes when conditions deteriorate."


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