Search for missing semi passenger resumes in Mirror Lake after fatal interstate crash

February 18, 2019
Traffic is seen backed up on Interstate 90/94 near Wisconisn Dells on a Wisconsin Department of Transportation camera at Trout Road.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team resumed its search Feb. 18 for the passenger of a semi who is presumed drowned in Mirror Lake following a fatal interstate crash.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said the body of the truck driver was recovered from the semi, which had crashed through a guard rail along Interstates 90/94 and off a cliff early in the morning Feb. 17.

Authorities were alerted to the damaged guardrail at about 7:30 a.m. Feb. 17 on the I-90/94 eastbound interstate bridge north of Mirror Lake in Lake Delton. According to a release from Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Henricksen, “wheel tracks followed directly off the right ditch cliff into Mirror Lake where a tractor trailer unit came to rest, completely submerged.”

Lake Delton and Sauk County Emergency Medical Services worked with the dive team to recover the occupants of the vehicle. Authorities suspended the search in the early evening hours Feb. 17 due to visibility and weather conditions.

The driver of the semi-truck has not been identified. An autopsy is scheduled for Feb. 18 on the driver.

The eastbound lanes of I-90 were closed for about six hours Feb. 17 between exits 89 and 92 to allow emergency personnel to remove the semi-truck from Mirror Lake. Crews from the state Department of Natural Resources were called to handle a related diesel spill.

A previous crash involving a semi-truck falling into Mirror Lake from the interstate occurred in January 2011. Peter G. Ramanand of Bronx, New York, was killed in the 2011 crash, while another passenger in the vehicle survived.