Body recovered from Wisconsin river after semi crash


Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Wisconsin say a body has been recovered from a river where a semi slid off a snow-covered interstate.

The State Patrol says a body believed to be the driver of the truck was pulled from the Red Cedar River near Menomonie (meh-NAHM'-uh-nee). A search continues for a second person believed to have been in the truck.

The patrol says the semi slipped off Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin this morning, went down an embankment and into the river.

The storm is making travel difficult through a large swath of the Midwest.

About 600 snowplows are on duty in northern Illinois, where the governor is urging people to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

Nearly 1,000 flights have been canceled at Chicago airports.

The storm started Sunday in Montana, hit the Dakotas and Minnesota yesterday and is now moving through Wisconsin and Illinois on its way to the East Coast.

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149-a-11-(Karen Pride, director of media relations, Chicago Department of Aviation, in AP interview)-"than 215 flights"-Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride says about 1,000 flights have been canceled at Chicago's two main airports. (5 Mar 2013)

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146-a-11-(Lieutenant Jeff Lorentz, spokesman, Wisconsin State Patrol, in AP interivew)-"in the water"-State Patrol Lieutenant Jeff Lorentz says a tractor-trailer went off I-94 in western Wisconsin and into a river early this morning. (5 Mar 2013)

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148-a-07-(Lieutenant Jeff Lorentz, spokesman, Wisconsin State Patrol, in AP interivew)-"used to these"-State Patrol Lieutenant Jeff Lorentz says the weather right now is pretty typical for this time of year in Wisconsin. (5 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO CER101: This frame grab provided by WEAU-TV shows a semi that authorities say slipped off a snow-covered road and plunged into the Red Cedar River Tuesday, March 5, 2013 near Menomonie, Wis. Police says a body believed to be the driver has been recovered from the river and emergency crews are searching for a second person. (AP Photo/Courtesy WEAU-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT (5 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO IADUB106: A vehicle moves along Highway 20 East Tuesday, March 5, 2013, during a snowstorm in Dubuque, Iowa. This will be the biggest widespread storm of the winter," National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley said. (AP/Telegraph Herald/Jessica Reilly) (5 Mar 2013)

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