The roof collapses at the PETRO truck stop at I-94 and Hwy 20; no injuries reported | State and regional


YORKVILLE – A truck stop near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 20 suffered a roof collapse on Tuesday, following a storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in the east of Racine County.

Racine PETRO, 717 S. Sylvania Ave., should be closed for three to four days.

“We do not yet know what caused it”, Jim Willkomm, co-owner of the multifaceted premises Willkomm’s company that runs PETRO – as well as The Dish restaurant in Mount Pleasant and Rocket Wash in Mount Pleasant, Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie – said in a phone call Tuesday afternoon.

Willkomm said the part of the building where the roof collapsed was already closed to the public due to construction work, although a few workers were in the area. “They heard the rumble, things started to fall and they got rid of the path. And no one was hurt, thank goodness,” Willkomm said.

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Utilities were then cut and structural engineers examined the building on Tuesday to identify what was wrong and how to fix it.

The building is under construction as it expands with the addition of the Blue Badger Bar & Grill – which opened this month – and an O&H Danish bakery, complete with a Taco Bell and planned Dunkin ‘Donuts. The company also houses a truck service business, conducts Department of Transportation exams, and typically contains a barber shop, although the barber shop is closed during construction.

The collapse occurred in the older part of the building, with the newer areas of the building “unaffected by the incident,” according to a press release from Willkomm.

Reports from police scanners say the collapse happened before 11 a.m. on Tuesday. By early afternoon, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office and the Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department were among the agencies there.


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