Icy conditions on I-94 cause crashes and vehicle runoffs in Wisconsin

Icy conditions on I-94 cause crashes and vehicle runoffs in Wisconsin. Video from motorist Mike Olsen shows a large fire on I-94 early December 23 near Osseo, Wisconsin.

By Gregory Lemos, Paul P. Murphy and Judson Jones, CNN

(CNN) -- Icy road conditions have caused vehicle crashes and runoffs on Interstate 94 in west-central Wisconsin on Thursday morning, police said.

By around 10:40 a.m. ET, I-94 was closed in both directions for a roughly 25-mile stretch from the Oseeo area to the Black River Falls area "due to a multi-vehicle crash involving a number of semi-tractor trailers and passenger vehicles," the Wisconsin State Patrol said.

Freezing rain "caused icy, hazardous road conditions this morning," WSP said.

Mike Olsen, who was driving on I-94 near Osseo as at least one of the crashes happened, told CNN of "super-icy road conditions," and that incidents "happened really fast."

Olsen took video of the scene, showing tractor-trailers in a median and a large fire on the highway.

Weather radar indicated a wintry mix of precipitation there early Thursday. A nearby weather observation site also indicated freezing rain was happening, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

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