Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve reports that on Thursday, December 16th, 2021, at 12:15 p.m. U.S. Highway 141 was re-opened to traffic after a lengthy detour and clean up from yesterday’s fatal crash and train derailment. At 11:17 a.m. yesterday, December 15th, 2021, Marinette County Dispatch began receiving calls of a serious multiple vehicle crash involving a train on U.S. Highway 141 in the Town of Pound. Law enforcement, E.M.S. and fire departments were all dispatched to this very dangerous scene due to the fog causing very low visibility. The investigation revealed that the Escanaba & Lake Superior train was crossing the four-lane highway from east to west. A loaded tanker semi full of fuel had stopped in the right northbound lane and a large service van had stopped in the left northbound lane. Then out of the fog, a dump truck impacted the service van from behind forcing the van under the train. Another dump truck then impacted the first dump truck and impacted the train with such force to derail the train, causing complete blockage of both northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 141. The driver of the service van was killed in the crash. He has been identified at STEVEN J. BUSS, age 58, of Kaukauna Wisconsin. Mr. Buss was the lone occupant in his vehicle. The operators of both dump trucks were injured and transported to the hospital for treatment. Their conditions are not known but no reports of any life-threatening injuries of have been received.
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