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Flight For Life called, two seriously injured in crash at Highway 11 and Highway J

DOVER — Two people were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a pickup and semi tractor trailer collided at highways 11 and J at the Burlington/Dover town line and then slid off the road, the semi landing on its side.

The drivers of both vehicles were taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. Their conditions were not known at press time.

Racine County dispatchers received a 911 call about the crash at about 1:23 p.m. from a witness, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office reported in a press release.

Racine County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Mattke said at the scene that preliminary investigation indicated that the pickup was southbound on Highway J (English Settlement Road). It appeared the pickup did not yield the right of way or ran the stop sign at Highway 11 and was struck by the semi truck that was eastbound on 11, Mattke said.

There was little indication of skid marks at the scene.

The vehicles ended up in the ditch line and a crop field just southeast of the intersection. The semi, owned by a local transport company, spilled its load of stone in the process, sheriff’s officials said. The pickup, operated by a utility marking service, also lost its load of ground marker flags and spray paint. Some of the paint cans ruptured, leaving blotches of red paint on the vehicles.

Town of Burlington firefighters had to extricate the driver of the pickup truck from his vehicle, Racine County Sheriff’s Lt. Steven Sikora said. Also responding to the call were crews from the Kansasville Fire and Rescue Department, Burlington Rescue Squad and Medix Ambulance Service.

Both drivers suffered serious injuries and were transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, the driver of the pickup truck by Flight for Life and the driver of the semi truck by ground ambulance, according to sheriff’s officials. Flight for Life landed not at the scene but a few miles east of the crash site at the Kansasville fire station.

Mattke said the State Patrol was called in to assist Racine County investigators with the investigation, which is common practice with potentially life-threatening crashes.

Highways J and 11 near the crash site were closed to traffic until nearly 6 p.m. while the crash scene was investigated and the wreckage cleared, the state Department of Transportation reported. A wrecker-crane from Floyd’s Towing in Mount Pleasant was called to right the semi and Racine County Public Works crews were called to sweep up the stone and debris.

Donny Dehne, who for the past five years has run D&T Roadhouse at the northwest corner of the intersection, said crashes are a common occurrence there. He’s counted at least seven there this year, including on Sunday night involving a Buick and a Mustang.

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