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Eau Claire man injured in wrong-way crash on I-94


Jackson County (WQOW) - A man driving the wrong way down Interstate 94 miraculously escapes serious injury despite a near head-on collision with a semi.

The state patrol says Anthony Steves of Eau Claire was arrested for  driving under the influence.

Around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning troopers started getting calls that a car was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-94 near Osseo.

Less than 10 minutes later that car hit an on-coming semi. Steves had to be extricated from his car, and was taken to the hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening. The truck driver was not hurt.


Jackson County (Press Release) - On Tuesday September 25, 2012 at 1:54 a.m. the Wisconsin State Patrol received several calls of a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound traffic lanes of I-94.

At approximately 1:58 a.m. troopers responded to a crash with injuries on I-94 westbound at mile post 93 in Jackson County, Township of Garfield, near the City of Osseo.

Anthony Steves, 46, of Eau Claire, driving a 1996 Chevrolet Corsica was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes when his vehicle collided with a westbound 1994 Peterbilt semi driven by Steven T. Grimmitt, 46, of Sandwich, Ill. The semi is owned by Advanced Roof and Woodworking Inc. from West Chicago, Ill.

The semi came to rest in the left traffic lane. The car went off the roadway and into the median where it came to rest. Grimmitt was not injured in the crash. Steves was extricated from the vehicle and taken by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Both were lone occupants in the vehicles.

A subsequent investigation resulted in Steves being arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operating the wrong way on a divided highway and failure to wear a seatbelt. Other charges may be pending the outcome of the investigation.

The crash was written by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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