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Near Cedar Grove in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

October 11th Memorial

October 11th Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, April 16, 2011
1. October 11th Memorial Marker
Inscription. Countless lives were changed forever on October 11, 2002, when a blanket of fog descended rapidly upon motorists on Interstate Highway I-43 near Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. The dense fog created a sudden and dramatic change in driving conditions that resulted in the most devastating traffic accident in Wisconsin history. This multi-vehicle accident cause more than forty serious injuries and claimed the lives of ten individuals.

David S. (Hans) Arendt.....Age 42
Daniel J. Balint...........Age 52
William T. Balint..........Age 26
Eric J. Behling............Age 38
Nadine M. Boltz............Age 49
Richard Benjamin Doll......Age 25
Allen Domke................Age 63
Daniel J. Janquart.........Age 36
Rachel Matt................Age 24
Kenneth Rauwerdink.........Age 45

Just three miles away in the same dense fog, within minutes of the accident on Interstate Highway I-43, a second traffic accident claimed the life of another individual.

Mallory Rinn..............Age 14

This marker is placed in memory of the eleven precious lives taken that day and to honor the hundreds of motorists (many of whom were injured at the time), emergency personnel, and everyday heroes who helped at the accident scene and provided comfort to those in need.
October 11th Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, April 16, 2011
2. October 11th Memorial Marker
2004 by the October 11th Memorial Association.
Location. 43° 34.973′ N, 87° 48.003′ W. Marker is near Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, in Sheboygan County. Marker is on Sauk Trail Road ĺ mile north of East Union Street (Wisconsin Highway 32), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is at a wayside on the west side of the road. Marker is in this post office area: Cedar Grove WI 53013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dutch Settlement (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Dutch Settlers (approx. 1.4 miles away); Historic Oostburg (approx. 2.8 miles away); Wisconsinís Luxembourgers (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Steamer Niagara: The Fiery End (approx. 6.2 miles away); Nowack House (approx. 8.3 miles away); Sheboygan Indian Mound Park (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Mill House Restoration Project (approx. 10.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cedar Grove.
Also see . . .  The Deadliest Traffic Crash in Wisconsin History. From the Wisconsin Troopers' Association. (Submitted on April 19, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
October 11th Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, April 16, 2011
3. October 11th Memorial Marker
In this view from the back of the marker, Interstate 43 is visible across the field on the other side of Sauk Trail Road.
October 11th Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, April 16, 2011
4. October 11th Memorial Marker
This is a view of the October 11th Memorial marker from the nearby Dutch Settlement marker.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 767 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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