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Semi-truck overturns on Hwy. 12 at truck stop

A employee from Jerry's Towing works on the bottom of a semi tractor that overturned on the southbound lanes of Hwy. 12 at Brakke Drive just after 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. It appeared that the driver was turning south onto Hwy. 12 from Brakke Drive when the lightly loaded trailer tipped, bringing the tractor with it. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)1 / 4
An 18-wheeler lays on its side on the southbound shoulder of Hwy. 12 just north of I-94 on Monday afternoon, Sept. 16. It appeared that the semi-truck overturned as it was turning onto the highway from Brakke Drive. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)2 / 4
Workers from Jerry's Towing begin the process of putting the semi tractor-trailer back on its wheels. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)3 / 4
A law enforcement officer talks on his cell phone while the apparent driver of the Celadon semi-truck steps away from it. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)4 / 4

A semi tractor-trailer overturned on the southbound shoulder of Hwy 12. at Brakke Drive just after 2 p.m. Monday.

No one appeared to be injured. The driver was seen walking about the scene and talking to a law enforcement officer shortly after the accident.

The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Hudson Fire Department and at least four wreckers from Jerry's Towing were at the scene.

Workers from Jerry's Towing were beginning the process of putting the rig back on its wheels about 45 minutes after the crash.

It appeared that the driver was turning southbound onto Hwy. 12 from Brakke Drive when the semi rig tipped onto its side, coming to rest on the southbound shoulder of the four-lane divided highway. Brakke Drive is on the north side of I-94 at Exit 4. It leads to the entrance to the Travel America truck stop.

A witness told a law enforcement officer that the tractor-trailer was traveling fast.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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