Three hurt in Amberg crash

MARINETTE, Wis. – Three men, including an Iron Mountain man, sustained injuries in an accident involving two semi trucks and a car early Thursday morning in northern Marinette County.

The incident occurred at 2:40 a.m. on U.S. 141 near State Quarry Road in the town of Amberg, Wis.

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve said that 26-year-old Andrew R. Kunna of Menasha, Wis. was driving a car north on U.S. 141 when he crossed the center line and crashed into a southbound semi truck driven by 48-year-old Brian Scott Herrala of Iron Mountain.

The impact hit the truck’s fuel tank and trailer, and caused the truck to fall onto its side and block the roadway.

Sauve said that a northbound semi truck driven by 48-year-old Peter W. Johnson of Manitowoc, Wis. was unable to avoid the other truck in the roadway. Johnson’s truck drove through and over the overturned truck, he said.

Kunna was seriously injured, while the semi truck drivers sustained non life-threatening injuries. All were transported to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Sauve added that Kunna is under investigation for operating while intoxicated.

Traffic in both directions of U.S. 141 was detoured for almost six hours so the large amount of debris could be removed from the roadway

Herrala was hauling metal crates and Johnson’s truck was empty, so no hazardous materials were involved.

Assisting at the scene were the Wisconsin State Patrol, Pembine Rescue Squad, Beacon paramedics, firefighters from Amberg, Pembine, and Wausaukee, and the Marinette County Highway Commission.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.