UPDATED: Semi-crash victim was Minnesota manThe driver of a semi-rig who died in a rear-end collision with another truck late Tuesday night has been identified Brian Lee Paglusch, 43, of Paynesville, Minn.
MENOMONIE -- The driver of a semi-rig who died in a rear-end collision with another truck late Tuesday night has been identified Brian Lee Paglusch, 43, of Paynesville, Minn.
Paglusch died after the Viessman Trucking Co.-owned tractor-trailer rig he was operating struck the rear of another unit being driven by Destry Donn Wilson, 22, of Redding, Calif.
The collision occurred in the westbound lanes of I-94, about 1.5 miles east of the Hwy. 25 off-ramp and just west of the state-owned rest-area.
Lt. Jeff Lorentz said the crash is still under investigation but witness reports indicate Wilson had just pulled onto westbound I-94 from the wayside or may have even been stopped in the traffic lane before the crash. The cab of Paglusch's truck caught fire and was heavily damaged.
Lorentz did not indicate whether Paglusch appeared to have died on impact or as a result of the ensuing fire, which he described as a "hard burn". Fire was contained to the 2010 International Prostar tractor. A semi-trailer, said to carrying general cargo, wasn't damaged.
Westbound traffic was rerouted until just after 5 a.m.
Viessman Trucking Co., headquartered at Gary, S.D., hauls a variety of food grade products including liquid corn sweeteners and liquid sugar, according to the firm's web site.
Wilson was operating a Louisiana Transportation semi unit.
Responding to the scene were the Dunn County Sheriff's Department, Menomonie police and fire, the Wisconsin DNR and the Dunn County Highway Dept.