Monroe County highway worker injured in crash near Kendall

The driver of this semi was uninjured after striking a Monroe County Highway Department vehicle near Kendall. The highway worker was injured and taken to the hospital.

KENDALL, Wis. (WKBT) — A Monroe County Highway Department worker was injured Monday in a two-vehicle crash near Kendall, an incident that authorities said was a sobering reminder of the reason for Work Zone Awareness Week, which began the same day.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, a highway department truck was struck from behind by a semi traveling east on Hwy. 71 near Kendall at just after 11 a.m. The highway truck was the last in a row of highway vehicles performing maintenance on the shoulder.

The driver of the highway truck was injured and taken to the hospital The driver of the semi was uninjured.

“This is a clear reminder of the reason for Work Zone Awareness Week, which kicks off today.   Please stay alert and when you see work zone vehicles or workers, slow down and move over!” said the sheriff’s department in a statement.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash and was assisted on scene by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Emergency Management, Kendall Fire Department, Wilton Ambulance and Tomah Ambulance.