• October 13, 2022

Two Dead, Six Injured in Fiery Van Accident on Mitchell Interchange in Greenfield, WI

Greenfield, WI — October 12, 2022, two people died and six were injured when a van rolled over and caught fire at the Mitchell Interchange in Greenfield.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:20 a.m. on the ramp between eastbound Interstate 894 and northbound I-43, close to 27th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a van, operating as a shuttle for contract workers to a factory in Racine, tipped onto its passenger side for unknown reasons and then caught fire.

Two people died in the fiery crash. Six others were rescued by onlookers and were transported to an area hospital.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Two Dead, Six Injured in Greenfield, WI Shuttle Van Crash on Mitchell Interchange

Commentary on Greenfield Van Accident on Mitchell Interchange

It's not unusual for there to be few clear details so soon after an accident, but it's important to ensure the situation is taken seriously and investigated carefully. I'm sure most would agree that the tragic loss of life involved here is more than enough reason for that. Quite frankly, ensuring the wreck gets the attention it deserves may require getting it into the hands of experienced independent professionals rather than just waiting for police to sort things out.

I don't mean to insult the hard work police do. As dedicated and skilled as many officers are, though, they're also sometimes at the mercy of their departments' limited resources, understaffing, and competing priorities. That means they often don't have the training, time, or equipment to properly investigate an accident--even one with devastating results. Important details slip through the cracks as police try to wrap things up quickly, which can be hugely problematic for victims and families afterward as they look for answers and help.

That's why I try to help people understand what must be looked for and who may do the best job of finding it. At the very least, everyone affected deserves to know that no stone was left unturned. Anything beyond that would depend on what is learned.

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