UPDATE: I-41 Pileup Confirmed as Biggest Crash in Wisconsin History


Victim of Pileup Identified, Crash Confirmed Biggest in State History
2/25/2019 2:00 p.m.

Police have released the name of the victim in Sunday’s crash on I-41 as 30-year-old Andrew Schefelker of Oshkosh.

Schefelker was a middle school/high school science teacher at the Iola-Scandinavia School District.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Police said this was the largest crash in the state’s history.

They believe the weather was the main factor in the crash.

Officials who responded to the scene say they had never seen whiteout conditions that bad before.

Police say in order to get people off the highway, they had to assist crash victims over the median wall.

They say it took two hours to clear the crash from the highway and redirect traffic stuck behind the closed road.

Officials also reminded everyone winter is not over, and drivers still have to use caution when out on the roads.

Majority of Cars in 131-Vehicle Pileup Considered Total Losses

2/25/2019 10:26 a.m.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office is telling Local 5 most of the cars involved in the 131-vehicle pileup on I-41 have been totaled.

“The vast majority of the vehicles are a total loss and not drivable.” 

Deputies say vehicles will be released to their owners after they verify details from each one.

The process is expected to take several days, but owners will be contacted once their vehicle is able to be released from impound.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Captain Lara Vendola-Messer,

“Today, we are diligently working to ensure each vehicle is thoroughly documented for damage, and that information for all occupants has been accounted for.

Based on the magnitude of this incident, it is taking a significant amount of time to determine the sequence of events and put together the pieces of puzzle.”

Cars from the crash are currently at an impound lot as police continue their investigation. Scroll through the gallery below to see the extent of the damage.

I-41 South Reopens After Deadly, 131-Vehicle Pileup

2/25/2019 at 5:52 a.m.

I-41 South reopened around 3 a.m. Monday following a deadly, 131-vehicle pileup on Sunday.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to drive with caution.

131 Vehicles Confirmed in Crash, 71 People Sent to Hospital

2/24/2019 at 9:54 p.m.

At their second press conference of the day, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office said that 131 vehicles were confirmed to be involved in the crash.

71 people were sent to the hospital, 66 of whom were treated and released, while 5 were admitted for their injuries.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Holds Press Conference

2/24/2019 at 3:50 p.m.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office says more than 100 vehicles were involved in the deadly crash on Interstate-41 in near Neenah.

At a press conference, Sunday afternoon officials said one person died and multiple people were injured.

People were transported to six area hospitals.

Officials say whiteout conditions are to blame for the multiple chain reaction crash that happened shortly after 11:00 a.m. 

Interstate-41 southbound from Highway 10 to Highway 76 will be shut down indefinitely. 

The detour will be Highway 10 westbound to Highway 45 southbound.

If you are looking for any information regarding a loved one or have any information regarding the incident you are asked to 920-236-7459.

Local 5 will continue to update you on this story as more information becomes available. 

ThedaCare Addresses I-41 Pileup Crash

2/24/2019 at 3:00 p.m.

ThedaCare Regional Medical Center is expected to treat 20 people from the deadly crash on Interstate-41 in Neenah. 

A hospital spokesperson says 11 patients have already been brought in for treatment and they are expecting nine more people.

Hospital officials say 15 of the patients are listed in good condition and 5 are in fair condition.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office earlier confirmed one person has died. 

The Sheriff’s Office says patients have also been taken to other hospitals. 

A Sheriff’s Office is holding a press conference at 3:15.  Local 5 will be carrying that press conference live on our Facebook page @wfrvlocal5.

One Death Confirmed, Several Sent to Multiple Hospitals

2/24/2019 2:00 p.m.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed one fatality.

Several other injuries have been reported and authorities say they were transported to multiple area hospitals. 

The Sheriff’s Office says all other people have been removed from their vehicles and transported to other safe locations. 

The Winnebago Co. Communications Center says callers were saying there were more than 40 vehicles involved. 

Officials ask the public to please continue avoiding the area as the highway remains closed.

Stay with Local 5 continued coverage as this story develops.

TRAFFIC UPDATE: I-41 SB at in Neenah Closed Due to Reported Pileup

2/24/2019 12:31 p.m.

All southbound lanes on I-41 at County G by Breezewood Lane have been closed to do a multi-car accident. 

Viewer reports are referring to the accident as a pileup.

No word on injuries at this time. 

Local 5 will continue to update you on this story as it develops.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Avoid I-41 SB in Neenah due to Multi-Car Accident

2/24/2019 11:21 a.m.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office is asking drivers to avoid Interstate 41 southbound at County G south of Breezewood Lane in Neenah for a multi-vehicle accident.

The sheriff’s office says the crash happened at around 11:15 Sunday, all southbound lanes are blocked due to the incident.

An eyewitness tells Local 5 Dozens of vehicles are involved. 

Alternate Route: Go west on Breezewood Ln and go south on WIS 76 back to I-41.  

Deputies are reporting whiteout conditions countywide. We have taken reports of intermittent power outages and expect this will increase as the day progresses.

Travel is not advised.

Local 5 has crews on the way and will update you on this story as soon as more information becomes available.  

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