Amherst man in critical condition following Wednesday morning crash

This is an updated story from what the Metro Wire first reported at 5:30 a.m. on April 10

Metro Wire Staff

One man has been airlifted to a trauma center following a Wednesday morning crash.

Emergency crews were called to the 10800 block of Hwy. B at 4:20 a.m. on April 10 for a car-v-semi collision.

According to a news release from the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office, an initial investigation revealed a tractor-trailer semi tanker being operated by a 59-year-old Plover man was traveling westbound on County Hwy. B, approximately 0.4 miles east of Elkins Rd.

An eastbound sport-utility vehicle being operated by a 33-year-old Amherst man crossed the centerline and collided with the westbound semi. The collision caused a minor diesel fuel spill from the semi-tractor fuel tank. The semi tanker-trailer was empty at the time of the crash.

The driver of the semi was transported to Aspirus in Plover with minor injuries. The driver of the sport-utility vehicle was flown to Aspirus Wausau Hospital by Aspirus MedEvac helicopter, where he remains in critical condition.

A portion of County Hwy. B was closed to traffic for about five-and-a-half hours, the PCSO said.

Also responding to the scene were the Wisconsin State Patrol’s Technical Crash Investigation Unit, the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, Portage County Ambulance, Amherst Fire, Rescue, Emergency Medical Responders, Plover Fire Department’s Traffic Incident Management Team, and the Portage County Highway Department.