ROBERTS, Wis. (WCCO) – Authorities have identified the truck driver killed in a fiery accident in western Wisconsin Monday morning.
The driver was identified by the Wisconsin State Patrol as Todd G. Richardson, a 51-year-old man from Colfax, Wis. Richardson died Monday after his semi-truck that was traveling eastbound on Interstate 94 near Roberts, Wis., left the highway, crossed the median and crashed into the westbound lanes of Interstate 94.
The semi-truck caught fire, closing both lanes of I-94 for several hours. The Wisconsin State Patrol said Richardson was a driver for Kane Transport, Inc. out of Sauk Centre. He had just left the Twin Cities area and was headed for central Wisconsin.
The semi-truck was reportedly a fuel tanker carrying nearly 7,500 gallons of fuel.
Authorities said what caused the crash is still under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.