Crash at Highways 50 and 83

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At 6:12 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy is reporting a crash at Highways 83 and 50, Paddock Lake. The deputy’s car is involved. Extent of injuries unknown.

UPDATE 6:16 a.m. — Salem Fire/Rescue is now responding. Patient is the deputy.  A traffic light pole is down. State patrol also on scene.

UPDATE 6:30 a.m. — Deputy reports that all westbound traffic is being diverted south at the intersection due to light standard. Waiting for DOT crew to move standard.

UPDATE 6:58 a.m. — Westbound Highway 50 traffic being blocked at 248th Avenue. Deputy reports another crash visible from his position north on 248th Avenue. Believed to be property damage only.

UPDATE 7:03 a.m. Another Salem Fire/Rescue ambulance being dispatched for another crash at Highways 50 and 83. Fire chief reports that crash is minor and was witnessed by deputies.

UPDATE 7:10 a.m. — Deputies are blocking westbound traffic on Highway 50 now at 250th Avenue and Village Plaza too.

UPDATE 7:52 a.m. — Westbound traffic on Highway 50 being opened up. Highway 83 south still being blocked.

UPDATE 8:45 a.m. — Road is clear.

UPDATE Additional information from the scene. — The traffic light pole and the sheriff squad car were gone by the time I got there. The semi and mini-van crash was just south of the intersection at the drug store driveway on Highway 83. The semi trailer was tipped over onto the minivan. It appeared the semi was making a turn into the store lot while the van continued straight.  The driver got out of the minivan on their own and at first did not appear to be injured but later starting showing some symptoms and was ultimately taken to a Burlington hospital. Salem Fire/Rescue also transported the deputy to a Kenosha hospital. Both injuries appeared to be relatively minor, Slover said. A Wisconsin Department of Transportation crew was on the scene to work on the signal. Sgt. Bill Beth, sheriff’s department spokesman,  reports the deputy involved in the crash had only minor injuries and should be back at work in a few days.

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