Service truck rear ends grain truck on Hwy. 18 Bypass

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A semi hauling grain was stalled along the Highway 18 Bypass Wednesday afternoon when a service truck came along and rear ended it, causing fuel leakage, a couple fires and a mess from the grain. No one was injured but both vehicles were heavily damaged and towed. (Submitted photo)

On April 4, at about 4:50 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was dispatched to a two-vehicle traffic crash on the Highway 18 Bypass near the intersection of East LaPointe Street in Prairie du Chien.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Randy Thornton, 60, of Marquette, Iowa, was traveling west on 18 in a 2018 Peterbilt utility truck when he collided with a 1990 International semi-tractor trailer that was disabled on the highway.

The International was operated by Jeffrey Braudt, 55, of Boscobel. The semi-tractor trailer was filled with grain. As a result of the crash, several bushels of grain were spilled onto the roadway and traffic was detoured for about an hour. Police officers put out a small fire that had started on the Peterbilt near the gas tank. The fire later started again and was distinguished by the Bridgeport Fire Department.

No injuries were reported on scene and both vehicles sustained heavy damage. 

The Prairie du Chien Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Bridgeport Fire Department, Bridgeport First Responders, Tri-State Regional EMS, Crawford County Emergency Management, Milo’s Towing, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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