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UPDATE: Authorities identify two killed in semi crash on I-94

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Trempealeau County (WQOW) - Two people have died in a semi crash on I-94.

It happened between Foster and Osseo, around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The two people who died were working for Werner Enterprises, a transportation company out of Omaha, Nebraska.  The Wisconsin State Patrol says a woman was behind the wheel of the Werner semi that was going west.  It crossed the median and hit two other semis going east. Clara Lee-Ann Wonsowicz, 47, from Brighton, Michigan was killed. The man sitting next to her, Thomas John-Scott Brown, 46, from Ypsilantil, Michigan also died.

Eastbound traffic was diverted off the interstate as crews cleaned up.  All lanes had been reopened by Wednesday night.

Werner Enterprises sent WQOW News 18 this statement early Thursday morning:

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family members and friends of our drivers who passed in this tragic accident.  We hope and pray that others were not seriously injured."


Chris Polenz
Associate VP of Human Resources


Press Release from the Wisconsin State Patrol:

On November 2, at approximately 11:34 a.m. state patrol responded to a crash on Interstate 94 in Trempeleau County. A semi unit was traveling westbound on I-94 near milepost 87. The unit crossed the median and struck two other semi units traveling eastbound. The crash did cause a fire and destroyed 2 of the semi units.

Unit 1 was a semi unit owned by "Werner" and was driven by a 47 year old female and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The Werner unit also had passenger, a 46 year old male, and he was pronounced dead at the scene also. Both occupants were from Michigan and the names of these occupants are not being released at this time pending notification of the families.

Unit 2 was a "Scotts Express" semi driven by Perry Sailor and the passenger was Carolyn Sailor both of east Grand Forks, Minnesota. The passenger received minor injuries, but was not transported by ambulance.

Unit 3 was a "Nationwide Distributor" unit driven by Raphael Sander of Rudolph, Wisconsin. Mr. Zander did receive minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Osseo.

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