Man injured after milk tanker semi falls from overpass on to railroad tracks
BYRON - One man was taken to the hospital Friday after the semi tractor-trailer pulling a milk tanker he was driving fell from a bridge onto railroad tracks. An hour and a half later, another man partially ran himself over while stopped for the initial crash and was also taken to the hospital.
Just before 8:30 p.m., Feb. 15, 2019, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office responded to a third-party report of a man involved in a crash in the area of State 175 and Fond du Lac County F in the town of Byron.
The Fond du Lac County Communication Center reached the man on his cell phone, but he didn't know exactly where he was. Sheriff's deputies located him just off Fond du Lac County F, his semitractor trailer jackknifed across Canadian National Railroad tracks.
The owner of the semi and tanker, Wiese Trucking LLC of Lomira, was contacted by sheriff's office officials.
The highway uses a bridge to cross about 30 feet above the tracks. According to a sheriff's office news release, the semi driver, Paul Hebert, 45, was traveling east on the highway when he drifted off the south shoulder, drove over the top of the bridge guardrail and fell to the tracks below.
According to the sheriff's department, Oakfield firefighters extricated Herbert from the semi and was transported by the City of Fond du Lac ambulance staff to St. Agnes hospital with serious injuries.
The crash is under investigation by the sheriff's office, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor, despite initial scanner reports.
About an hour and a half after the initial call, as Oakfield firefighters assisted with traffic control, Marion Shafer stopped his vehicle on Hickory Road, south of Fond du Lac County F, but did not completely place his vehicle in park, according to the sheriff's office.
As Shafer got out of his vehicle to speak with firefighters, the vehicle rolled backward and Shafer was struck by the driver's side door and partially run over by the driver's side tire. He was also taken by ambulance to St. Agnes Hospital with serious injuries.
In addition to the sheriff's office, the Fond du Lac ambulance and Oakfield firefighters, Oakfield First Responders, Wisconsin State Patrol, Canadian National Railroad Police and the Fond du Lac County Highway Department assisted at the scenes.
Colleen Kottke contributed to this report.