2 semis collide on Highway 47; 1 person hurt

State Highway 47 was closed for about seven hours Sept. 21 after law enforcement dealt with the aftermath of two semis colliding.

At about 7:50 a.m., Shawano County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash just north of County Road S. The initial report indicated this crash involved two semitrailers with road blockage and injuries. Upon arriving on scene, both semis were disabled in the lane of travel and the entirety of Highway 47 in that area was closed. Detours were set up to reroute traffic, according to a sheriff’s department press release.

Upon investigating the crash, it was determined the semi traveling northbound crossed the center line. The driver of the southbound semi attempted to avoid the crash and swerved toward the northbound lane. The semis then struck each other in the southbound lane of travel.

The driver of the semi headed northbound had minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The driver of the semi headed southbound did not sustain any injuries.

Highway 47 remained closed while the crash was investigated and the semis were able to be removed. The highway was reopened for travel just after 3 p.m.

Shawano Ambulance Service, Navarino-Lessor EMS, Bonduel Fire Department, Navarino-Lessor Fire Department, Shawano County Highway Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Crosby’s Heavy Duty Wrecker Service assisted at the scene.