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A semi truck hauling a full load of field corn overturned on a Rock County highway Wednesday as the driver tried to avoid a head-on crash, with the road closed for over three hours so crews could clean up the corn.

The crash happened at about 7:30 a.m. on Highway 11 just west of Coon Island Road, the Sheriff's Office said.

The driver of the semi and the driver of the car causing the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the semi was eastbound on Highway 11 and the car was westbound, when the car crossed the center line.

"The semi driver attempted evasive movements to prevent a head-on collision," the report said. "The car sideswiped the semi."

The semi overturned and the corn spilled out of the open top trailer, causing a total blockage of Highway 11.

A minivan behind the car went into the north ditch to avoid the initial crash, but the car hitting the semi came back into the path of the minivan, causing a second crash.

The minivan driver was not injured.

The car driver was cited for inattentive driving.

The Rock County Highway Department was deployed to clear the corn, while EMS crews from Footville and Orfordville responded to the scene.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.