A motorist in a pickup truck survived after he skidded off an interchange ramp and plunged 70 feet to the highway below (WISN 12 News). YouTube Tips ⓘ
Plowed snowbanks on the shoulders of bridges can be highly dangerous as they act like a launch ramps when a vehicle hits them at the right angle. These snow launch ramps can send vehicles over the edge of the bridge.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office when a pickup truck driver who had been traveling on I-94 slipped off the ramp from westbound I-94 to the southbound I-41.
The pickup truck traveled up a snowbank on the right shoulder and fell over the edge, including the barrier wall designed to prevent such falls under normal road condition.
Recent deep snow conditions have created these dangerous snow banks, which caused the pickup truck to fall 70 feet down onto the westbound I-94 distress lane near the entrance ramp to I-94 West from State Route 181.
When Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found the pickup upright on its wheels.
Two people were helping the driver, who was conscious and breathing. The man was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
Milwaukee County works to removed the dangerous snow banks, but had not yet completed the work needed on the ramp.
A similar crash killed a 27 year-old man four years ago.
A similar fatal crash also occurred on the Route 53 bridge over Northwest Highway in Palatine, Illinois on Monday, January 6, 2014. A personal injury crash also occurred over the bridge of Route 53 over Palatine Road on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
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