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UPDATE: Semi and garbage truck drivers seriously injured in crash

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Chippewa Co (WQOW) - Investigators say thick fog this morning played a role in a bad crash near Chippewa Falls.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office says a garbage truck was trying to cross highway 29  in the town of Wheaton when it ran into the side of a semi on 29.  The semi was hit near the driver's door.

At last word the driver of the garbage truck, David Hunt of Eau Claire had severe injuries.  The driver of the semi was also seriously hurt, but his injuries were not believed to be life threatening. 

The crash forced the shutdown of traffic on the eastbound lanes of 29 for nearly six hours. 

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Chippewa Co. (WQOW) - Two drivers were severely injured in a crash between a semi and a garbage truck on Highway 29 in Chippewa County Thursday morning.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says it happened around 7:45 a.m. in the Town of Wheaton.  Authorities say a garbage truck was southbound on 40th Street, crossing Highway 29, when it struck an eastbound semi, just behind the driver's door.

The driver of the garbage truck suffered severe injuries.  The semi driver also had severe injuries, but are not life-threatening.  No names have been released. Authorities say fog was definitely a factor in the crash. 

As of 11 a.m., the eastbound lanes of Highway 29 are still closed.

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(WQOW) - Eastbound lanes on Highway 29 near 40th St. are closed because of a traffic crash.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says it is investigating a traffic accident at that location in the Township of Wheaton. The department says a semi- tractor and trailer and a garbage truck were involved in the crash.  

The department says it's working on closing eastbound traffic on Highway 29 at 20th Street, detouring traffic south on 20th to Highway 12. Westbound traffic on Highway 29 will remain open.

The department says it anticipates the eastbound traffic lanes to be closed for at least two hours.

We'll bring you more on this story right here on our website and on later newscasts.

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