Wisconsin Crash Kills Motorcyclist on U.S. 41

Wisconsin Crash Kills Motorcyclist on U.S. 41A man on a motorcycle was killed on Tuesday, August 16, after allegedly rear-ending a truck that had abruptly slowed down in a construction zone, causing a major traffic backup on U.S. Highway 41 near Scheuring Road, the Northwestern reports.

According to the news source, the 52-year-old man from Greenleaf, Wisconsin, was traveling in the southbound lanes of U.S. 41 just north of County F/Scheuring Road when he allegedly could not stop in time, prompting him to swerve and lose control of his bike, crashing into the truck.

The identity of the victim is being withheld until the family has been notified.

The construction found at the Scheuring exit has been ongoing for months as a part of the U.S. 41 project, the media outlet stated.

Traffic along the highway was congested for miles after the crash, as investigators attempted to reconstruct the accident. The lanes were closed most of the day, reopening at about 3:15 p.m. The driver of the truck, a 33-year-old man from Kimberly, was not hurt in the accident.

This was the third accident in two days near the same stretch of highway, with two separate accidents closing parts of U.S. 43 for hours.

On Monday, August 15, 41-year-old Brian Depeau was traveling northbound on his motorcycle when he allegedly crashed into the guardrail while rounding a curve on the ramp leading up to I-43. He is now listed in critical condition at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, according to the news provider.

Because of traffic caused by the crash, Joyce Kirchman, 68, allegedly rear-ended an SUV, causing serious injuries to Kirchman, who had to be rushed to Aurora BayCare medical Center in Green Bay.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were 2,426 motorcycle crashes in the state in 2010, resulting in 98 fatalities.