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1 dead in semi-tow truck crash
fatal accident
This tow truck crash with a tractortrailer killed the semis driver and forced hazmat teams to be called to remove leaking anhydrous ammonia from the trailer. - photo by Lafayette County Sheriff's Department

TOWN OF SHULLSBURG — A 58-year-old Monona man was killed in a tow truck/tractor–trailer crash on Wisconsin 11 Nov. 25.

The crash, at 11 and Summit Road, required closing of Wisconsin 11 for several hours because of a leak of anhydrous ammonia within the trailer.

Alfred J. Rott was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Lafayette County Chief Deputy Coroner Richard Ruf.
According to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, a tow truck driven by Steven J. Humphrey, 54, Shullsburg, was northbound on Summit Road approaching 11 around 11:52 a.m.

Humphrey told sheriff’s deputies he couldn’t stop on the slippery snow-packed road. His tow truck skidded onto 11 and collided with Rott’s tractor–trailer, which was owned by Landmark Services Cooperative, in the intersection.

Both the tow truck and the tractor–trailer ended up in the northeast ditch line of 11, according to the sheriff’s department. Both were destroyed.

Humphrey was taken by Shullsburg Ambulance to Lafayette County Memorial Hospital in Darlington for injuries.

The trailer was loaded with anhydrous ammonia. Darlington and Shullsburg firefighters requested hazardous-materials units from Grant County and Jo Daviess County (see story, page 2A) to assist with containment. Several hours later, the cargo was transferred to another Landmark Services tractor–trailer.

Rural Medical Ambulance Service of Darlington also assisted at the crash scene.