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Man killed in tractor-trailer, tow truck collision
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Man killed in tractor-trailer, tow truck collision

A collision between a tow truck and a tractor-trailer carrying a dangerous chemical killed one driver and closed Highway 11 for more than 19 hours, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to the intersection of Highway 11 and Summit Road at 11:52 a.m. Monday for a report of a serious crash.

Investigators said a tow truck driven by Steven J. Humphrey, 54, of Shullsburg, was traveling north on Summit Road and was unable to stop at the intersection with Highway 11 because of slippery conditions. Both vehicles came to rest in the northeast ditch of Highway 11.

A tractor-trailer driven by Alfred J. Rott, 58, of Monona, was traveling east on Highway 11 and collided with the tow truck, deputies said. The tractor trailer was carrying anhydrous ammonia, prompting a responds from hazardous materials teams from Grant County and Jo Daviess County, Ill.

Humphrey was taken to Lafayette Memorial Hospital in Darlington, and Rott was pronounced dead at the scene.

Highway 11 remained closed until 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The cleanup of the crash site was delayed because of the anhydrous ammonia.

Shullsburg ambulance, Shullsburg police, the Shillsburg Fire Department, the Darlington Fire Department, Darlington ambulance, and the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted at the scene.

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