February 27, 2019 8:09 pm

Body camera video shows scale of Wisconsin’s ‘historic’ 131-vehicle pileup

WATCH: A Wisconsin police officer is forced to climb over vehicle wreckage while responding to a 131-vehicle pileup.


Authorities in Wisconsin have released 911 calls and police video that show the chaos of a deadly, 131-car pileup during whiteout conditions.

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Sunday’s chain-reaction crash on southbound Interstate 41 near Neenah, Wis., about 100 miles (161 kilometres) northwest of Milwaukee, killed a 30-year-old school teacher and injured 71 others.


One woman called 911 to report that she was just in an accident. In the phone call, the woman says she “can’t see anything” and that “everybody’s just crashing into us.”

She later screams and says: “My car’s just shaking. I don’t feel safe in the car.”

WATCH: Highway 400 reopens after pileup involving dozens of vehicles

Photos released by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office show crumpled cars, pickups and semis smashed into one another on the snowy highway. In a body cam video, a responding deputy crawls over the wreckage and yells to a trapped motorist to hold on.

Sheriff John Matz says it’s believed to be the largest traffic crash in Wisconsin history.

READ MORE: More than 70 vehicles involved in collision on Hwy. 400 near Barrie, Ont.

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