BARRON COUNTY — A crash in Barron County has left one person dead and another with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 3:09 p.m., the Barron County 911 Center received a call of a motorcycle crash on Hwy 53 between Chetek and New Auburn.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Chetek Police Department, New Auburn Fire Department, Chetek and Mayo Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter all responded to the scene.

Initial investigation showed a 3-wheel motorcycle (trike) was travelling north on Hwy 53 and left the roadway causing both occupants to be ejected from the bike.

The driver Richard Knoll, 63 of Rice Lake, was pronounced deceased at the scene and the passenger Lois Allen, 72 of Rice Lake, was flown to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The case remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, the WI State Patrol and the Barron County Medical Examiner’s Office.

- Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff


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