Sheriff releases details of semi truck accident

FLORENCE, Wis. – Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby has released additional information about an accident in which a semi truck lost its load on State Highway 70 and blocked traffic for nearly four hours.

The incident occurred at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in an area about four miles west of downtown Florence.

Rickaby said that the semi truck was hauling an oversized load, which consisted of a building manufactured at an Iron Mountain business, when it attempted to travel up a large hill. The truck lost traction and began sliding back downhill, he added.

During the slide, the semi truck jackknifed, causing the building to fall into the ditch.

Rickaby confirmed that no one was injured and there was no damage to the semi truck or the building.

However, State Highway 70 was blocked for about four hours.

Additional deputies had to be called in on overtime to help detour larger vehicles around the accident scene.

Rickaby said that three heavy truck wreckers from Niagara, Wis. and Rhinelander, Wis. were summoned to remove the semi truck. The truck was then escorted out of Florence County along State Highway 70 and sent on its way to Eagle River, Wis.

Deputies finally cleared from the escort at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.