RICE LAKE, WI -- Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in a single-vehicle crash in Rice Lake over the weekend when a driver, Mathew Petersen, went off the road and struck a tree, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

(Press Release) -- On Friday, July 12, 2019, at 1:58 p.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a 1-vehicle accident on Hwy SS south of Rice Lake.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the LMC Ambulance, Cameron Fire Department and Life Link Helicopter were all dispatched to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a vehicle driven by Mathew Petersen, 37 of Chetek, was traveling south on SS went he went off the road and struck a tree. He was extricated from the vehicle and flown to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

This accident remains under investigation but it appears that alcohol was a contributing factor.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff


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