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2 Dead After Semi Explodes On I-94, Closing All Lanes

Updated at 4:19 p.m. (CT)

A county coroner official says two people are dead after a semi crashed on Interstate 94 Wednesday, exploding and setting fire to other vehicles. The interstate has been closed since.

I-94 may be closed past rush hour — 7 p.m., 8 p.m. — says Scott Stiff, a spokesman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department. Although the incident happened in Racine County, his department is serving a supporting role.

Scott Kozlik, of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, wrote in an email: "with the incident overlapping into the PM rush period, delays on the alternate routes will start to grow with the increased congestion. Please plan for extra travel time and drive safe."

A WTMJ-TV photographer who witnessed the crash says the semi jumped the median on I-94 about 11 a.m. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the accident happened near Mount Pleasant, about 24 miles south of Milwaukee.

The Racine County medical examiner says two people died, and the sheriff is reporting several injuries but has not provided details.

Authorities are investigating the incident.