Semi driver injured in three-way crash

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Times Herald Staff

A United Parcel Service semitrailer truck driver was seriously injured in a June 25 crash on U.S. Highway 41 northbound in the town of Little River.

According to an Oconto County Sheriff’s Department traffic report, the crash occured less than a half-mile south of the intersection with County Road W at about 6:09 a.m., when Stephen A. Lavigne, 49, of Appleton saw deer crossing the highway, activated his emergency lights and slowed down his sport utility vehicle dramatically.

Mark A. Schlaefer, 50, of Green Bay, driving the UPS truck, also slowed down and was rear-ended by another semitrailer truck driven by Lawrence J. Pansier, 57, of Pulaski. Schlaefer’s truck was knocked into the median and overturned, while Pansier went into the right ditch.

Schlaefer was taken by ambulance to an area hospital by what the report described as suspected serious injuries. Pansier sustained minor injuries but did not require transport, and Lavigne was not injured, the report said.

The highway was closed for about six hours, from 6:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., according to the report.