Deadly crash closes part of I-41 in Ashwaubenon

Emergency crews work at the scene of a crash on Interstate 41 in Ashwaubenon Jan. 11, 2019. (Image courtesy Wisconsin DOT)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- The Brown County Sheriff's Department is investigating a deadly crash on I-41 from Friday afternoon. They say a vehicle hit a person who was not in their vehicle.

I-41 northbound lanes between De Pere's Main Avenue and Oneida Street in Ashwaubenon were closed for about four hours after the crash, which happened at about 1:30.

The Brown County Sheriff's Department says the person killed was attending to a stalled vehicle and had stepped into traffic before being hit by a passing vehicle.

“We don't know if he was trying to retrieve some items related to the stalled vehicle or not,” said Lt. John Bain of the Brown County Sheriff’s Department.

With family still being notified, the sheriff's department isn't providing any details about the person killed or what vehicle they were driving.

Bain says if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation on a busy highway, it is important to do all you can to get to safe location.

“Once they're at a safe location, they should notify authorities, so we can provide traffic control and attempt to keep them safe,” said Bain.

Bain says a safe spot is considered to be at least four to five feet away from any lane of traffic. If that is the case, you're advised to stay in your vehicle with your seat belt buckled.

“If they can't get to safe location and there is a high probability or high risk, under certain circumstances it is ok to get out of your vehicle and get off the roadway,” said Bain.

The sheriff's department wouldn't say where the Highway 41 victim's vehicle was located when they were hit.

They say no charges are pending in the case, but the investigation is ongoing.

The sheriff's department also says it does not appear alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

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