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One person dead, four released from hospital after crash on U.S. 41/45

Jay Sorgi & Matt Montgomery

One person dead, four released from hospital after crash on U.S. 41/45

CREATED Nov. 8, 2011 - UPDATED: Nov. 8, 2011

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GERMANTOWN - TODAY'S TMJ4 is reporting that one person is dead and six adults were hospitalized from a multiple-vehicle crash that shut down southbound U.S. 41/45.

Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell says that four people hospitalized from the crash were treated and have been released from Community Memorial Hospital.

The fifth victim is hospitalized at St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend.

The sixth victim remains hospitalized at Froedtert Hospital and is described as having serious injuries after a crash that involved two semi trucks and eight cars.

The freeway now completly open after crews worked on towing the semi trucks.

TODAY'S TMJ4 also reports that no one else is trapped or killed and all of the people that were hospitalized are facing non-life threatening injuries.

The crash happened just after 9:05 a.m. Tuesday in the southbound lanes of U.S. 41/45 near the Highway 167/Holy Hill Road exit.

Both directions of the freeway were closed for about three hours, but crews opened the northbound lanes at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

"We have five patients transported to Community Memorial Hospital, and one who had to be extricated and transported to Froedtert (Hospital in Wauwatosa)," Chief Peter Hoell told Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

Hoell told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady during a news conference that the person who went to Froedtert had serious injuries, but was responsive.

He also explained that based on initial information, he believed all the victims were adults.

Chief Hoell said hazmat crews also went to the scene because one of the semis appeared to be spilling diesel fuel.

Preliminary indications seem to show that a semi going northbound apparently crossed the median, went into the southbound lanes and crashed into other vehicles going southbound; however, Germantown Police did not confirm those details.

Chopper 4 video showed two vehicles that were crushed underneath a semi truck.

The two trucks appeared to be owned by Dean Foods and N&M Trucks.

One witness told Newsradio 620 WTMJ that backups were up to nine miles on U.S. 41/45.

Germantown Police said that the southbound lanes would stay shut down for much of Tuesday afternoon.

Those traveling southbound were asked to exit at Holy Hill Road, take that west, go to State Highway 175, take that south to Lannon Road, then go east on Lannon before returning to U.S. 41/45.

The Wisconsin State Patrol and the Washington County Sheriff's Department assisted Germantown Police in the investigation and cleanup of the crash scene.

Check back for more information on this breaking story from TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady who has headed to the crash scene.

If you have updates for us, please call the WTMJ newsroom at 414-967-5310 or e-mail news@todaystmj4.com

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