Driver Crashes Into Milk Truck, Sustains Serious Injuries

One person is in the hospital with serious injuries following a crash early Wednesday morning involving a vehicle and a milk truck.

On Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 12:29 a.m. the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the report of a two vehicle crash on CTH D in the area of Hunter Ln. in the Town of Fond du Lac. The operator of a semi-tractor with attached milk tanker called Dispatch to say he was backing into a residential driveway and that another vehicle struck the tractor-trailer and the driver of that vehicle was unconscious but breathing.

Upon arrival deputies found that the tractor was straddling the centerline of CTH D facing north and had been attempting a backing maneuver into a driveway. The backing maneuver placed the trailer of the unit in a position that blocked the entirety of the southbound lanes.

A southbound vehicle proceeded to the right of the headlights of the tractor-trailer and struck the tanker-trailer, becoming stuck underneath the tanker-trailer near the rear wheels.

The operator of the southbound vehicle was severely injured and was trapped inside of the vehicle. The Town of Fond du Lac Fire Department, the City of Fond du Lac Fire Department, and Lifenet Helicopter responded to the scene. The operator of the southbound vehicle was extricated from the vehicle and flown to a trauma center to receive medical treatment.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was identified as a 70-year-old male from the Fond du Lac area. He was uninjured. The driver of the southbound vehicle was identified as a 33-year-old male from Lomira and is being treated for serious injuries.

Deputies say the contributing factor to the crash was unsafe backing by the operator of the tractor-trailer. The 33 year-old male was arrested for suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

The crash continues to be under investigation by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol.