“Heroic” Truck Driver Sacrificed Himself In I-94 Crash, Police Say
Racine County, Wisconsin – A 40-year-old truck driver is being hailed as a “hero” by law enforcement and his family after he seemingly sacrificed himself to save the lives of motorists along I-94 on Wednesday.
The fiery crash claimed the lives of two truck drivers, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said yesterday afternoon at a press briefing.
The crash happened when a southbound tractor-trailer lost control after making a lane change and over-correcting.
The big rig then hit the median wall, causing it to give way and be pushed into the northbound lanes.
Three passenger vehicles hit the wall and a northbound tractor-trailer swerved right to avoid a collision.
The tractor-trailer then plunged about 30 feet off the right side of the highway and onto East Frontage Road where it exploded and was engulfed in flames, according to investigators.
Though Sheriff Schmaling did not identify the driver, he called him a “hero” for choosing to take a “very evasive maneuver.”
“By turning, avoiding a crash of three individuals and a semi-tractor that’s already involved in the crash, and turning to avoid all of that… absolutely. I think this unfortunate, deceased individual is a hero in and of itself by turning down and risking his own life to avoid crashing into innocent people. He turned off the roadway, rather than crashing into three other vehicles and a semi. I would suggest to you that that is very heroic… risking his own life in an effort to save potentially three other vehicles.”
The family of one of the deceased truck drivers believes it was their loved one who made the sacrifice and has now identified him as 40-year-old Kenneth Rogers.
“He was a strong, courageous person,” Christina Rogers, Kenneth’s sister said to local news outlet Fox 6.
According to family members, Rogers had been a professional truck driver for four years.
Fox 6 is also reporting the other deceased truck driver is Jeffrey Johnson pictured below.
Authorities have not yet officially released the names and identities of the truck drivers who perished.
WATCH more about the crash and Rogers below courtesy of Fox6/YouTube.
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