8 injured in crash near Black River Falls

Jackson Co. (WI STATE PATROL) – At 1:12 AM on Tuesday June 26, 2018 a crash occurred on I-94 EB at MM 121 in Jackson County near Black River Falls. Assisting agencies included Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Black River Falls Fire Dept., Tomah Area Ambulance, Gold Cross Ambulance, and Jackson Co. Highway Dept..

The crash involved 8 injuries. Vehicle and occupant information, if available, is on the last page(s).

The details of the crash are as follows:

On 2/16/18 at 1:12 AM the Wisconsin State Patrol received a report of an overturned semi blocking all eastbound lanes of I-94 at MM 121. A Trooper arrived on scene indicating all eastbound lanes were blocked by the overturned semi and a van full of passengers was also involved with multiple injuries and entrapment. Several emergency services responded and a re-route was initiated for eastbound traffic on I-94. There were 8 occupants in the van and all of them were transported due to injuries. The van driver was transported from the scene by helicopter while all other occupants were transported to local hospitals by ambulance.

Initial investigation indicates the semi unit, driven by Jason Gilberts of Willmar, MN, was traveling eastbound on I-94 in the inside lane while a van, driven by Jayden Gjerseth of Black River Falls, was traveling in the outside lane. The van sped up and attempted to make a left-hand lane change in front of the semi, which caused the semi to strike the van. The semi driver made corrective maneuvers resulting in the semi overturning and landing partially on the van. 

Eastbound I-94 traffic was restored by 5:15 AM. This crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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