Weather, presidential motorcade blamed for accidents

CREATED Jan. 30, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 30, 2014

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BROOKFIELD - It was the perfect storm on I-94 Thursday afternoon.  Two things were working against drivers: the weather and the president's motorcade.

Just as Waukesha County Deputies were instructed to shut down eastbound I-94, the snow began to fall and the winds picked up, making driving conditions slick.
 
“The streets are definitely snow covered and slippery," said Waukesha County Sheriff's Deputy Jennifer Wallschlaeger.
 
Eastbound traffic was at a standstill to allow the President's motorcade to head back toward the airport. That's when a car and a semi skidded into each other.
 
"So it may have been part due to that as everybody was slowing down and moving people off the highway for the president," said Deputy Wallschlaeger.
 
Only minor injuries resulted, but drivers were rattled, just the same.
 
“Just terrible. I mean traffic’s just backed up all over. The plows are coming down the road and all these accidents. The president’s motorcade, everything," said Steven Blair from Bay View.   
 
The good thing is that by Thursday evening, the snow had stopped, allowing plows the time they needed to clear the roads.