State Patrol vehicle rear-ended Sunday night along I-94/I-41 in Kenosha County

​Release date: December 3, 2018

A tow truck driver and Wisconsin State Patrol trooper escaped serious injury Sunday night after a driver rear-ended the stopped police cruiser along southbound I-94/I-41 in Kenosha County.

The trooper was in his cruiser completing paperwork and the tow truck operator was loading a vehicle involved in an earlier incident when the crash occurred around 7:20 p.m. The tow driver was thrown from the rear of the tow truck and came to rest against a median wall. The trooper and tow operator were transported to a Kenosha hospital where they were treated and released.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the police cruiser had three child passengers and is suspected of operating while impaired and driving without a valid license. All four were transported to Milwaukee hospitals. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash which occurred near County ML just north of the Wisconsin/Illinois state line.

“This incident illustrates the risks that law enforcement and emergency responders face every day,” said Captain Tim Carnahan with the State Patrol’s Waukesha Post. “It also highlights the need for all motorists to be alert and to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles.”

Video of the incident was recorded on a Wisconsin Department of Transportation traffic camera.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov