I-894 eastbound lanes open again after man seriously injured in crash

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I-894 eastbound lanes open again after man seriously injured in crash

CREATED Apr 22, 2012

MILWAUKEE - A major back-up on I-894 Sunday afternoon forced some people to drive the wrong way just to break free of the gridlock.

The driver that wrecked has been taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa with very serious injuries. No one else was hurt.

But, the aftermath left hundreds of other drivers frustrated.

"We sat there and we didnt even move for about 20 minutes in one spot," driver Rickey Washington says. "Then we started moving a little bit. Just a second. A little budge, then we'd stop."

Washington spent an hour at stop and go pace on I-894 Sunday afternoon. The time took its toll.

"We had to get off cause the car started smoking," Washington says.

A crash shutdown all eastbound lanes for several hours.

Police say a man lost control of his car and smashed into the median wall, crossed three lanes of traffic and then hit a bridge pillar near 60th Street. It took investigators four hours to cover the lengthy scene.

At one point, DOT cameras actually caught some impatient drivers turning around and driving the wrong way up an on ramp as traffic started to pile up.

"Some people were driving on the ditch just so they could get off," Washington says.

"[They were] driving on the shoulder to get off, anywhere they saw an exit they got right there and just got off."

Investigators still don't know what caused the crash.

A source says authorities are trying to figure out if the man was under the influence of a substance at the time of the incident. His name hasn't been released.