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Video of deadly 131-car Wisconsin pileup released

connectVideo131-vehicle pileup in Wisconsin, leave a dead, 71 injured

Officials in Wisconsin released video footage of a deadly pileup involving 131 cars — a clash considered by many “the largest traffic accident in the state of the history.”

Videos and photos of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office show southbound Interstate 41 in the near Neehah to a halt in whiteout conditions on Sunday. Sheriff John Matz said that a chain-reaction crash left a number of vehicles in a “total-loss and not roadworthy.”

Andrew Schefelker, a 30-year-old science teacher, was killed in the crash, and 71, others who received a “multitude of injuries” were taken to nearby hospitals. Matz said the first responders exercised a “mass casualty plan” in the aftermath of the pileup.

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During a seven-hour on Sunday, the sheriff’s office said it received 772 911 calls, ” resulting in 108 calls for service.”

Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz said the 131-car pileup in Wisconsin on Sunday is supposed to be “the largest traffic accident in the state of the history.”
(Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Two women who said they were involved in the pileup, told Fox affiliate WMSN-TV “they were a sitting duck” as they waited for help to arrive.

“We came around the corner, and it was just a total white wall of snow. You couldn’t see five feet in front of you,” Nicole Adrian told the news station. Susan Brugger they were on the phone with emergency officials when they were struck.

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“A semi jack-knifed and probably sent us 50 meters, and everyone (was) a kind of juggling around,” said Adrian. “You could see we were jacked up in the air, and there was a car under our rear end behind us. There was no way to get out.”

Officials said that one person was killed and 71 others were injured in the pileup on Interstate 41.
(Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Brugger added that the first reactions of the “jaws of life” to rescue them from the car. A fireman shouted, “There are two people here and they’re still alive.” It was to Brugger, “a surreal day”, she will not soon forget.

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Wisconsin State Trooper Chris Splinter told the news station that the whiteout conditions seen on the Interstate 41 on Sunday are usual for this time of the year, he said that He was not surprised by the number of vehicles involved because of how dangerous the conditions were.

“The vehicles coming behind them can’t stop quickly enough, because they are following too close or going too fast for the conditions, and then they start just piling up in one another,” Splinter said. “It is almost as if they were just driving into a wall of cars, just as they are driving through whiteout conditions.”

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