BARRON COUNTY -- A 34-year-old male from Sarona, WI, and a 31-year-old female from Luck, WI, were involved in a crash that resulted in non-life threatening injuries for both. The male, identified as Leighton Givens, was apparently operating the vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, according to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol (WSP).

The WSP says that on Monday, October 3, 2022, at approximately 11:42a, the Barron County Sheriffs Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to an automobile vs. train crash on 23rd Street, north of Highway 8 in Barron County near Cameron.

An automobile was southbound on 23rd Street, and at the same time, an eastbound train was approaching the road. The auto collided with the side of the locomotive, overturned and came to rest on its roof in the northeast ditch.

A Trooper observed signs of impairment and a subsequent investigation was conducted.

The driver, Leighton Richard Givens, from Sarona, WI, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant - 1st offense while causing injury.

The crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Assisting agencies included Barron County Sheriff’s Department, LMC, and MedLink helicopter.


Unit 1: Van/SUV (2018 Toyota Rav4)

  • Driver: Givens, Leighton Richard
    • 34-Year-Old Male From Sarona, WI
  • Injuries: Non-Life Threatening
  • Transported To: Mayo Hospital - Eau Claire
  • Seatbelt Use: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes
  • Enforcement Action: Yes

Unit 1: Van/SUV (2018 Toyota Rav4)

  • Passenger: Plain, Cristy Lynn
    • 31-Year-Old Female From Luck
  • Injuries: Non-Life Threatening
  • Transported To: Marshfield Medical Center
  • Seatbelt Use: Yes
  • Enforcement Action: Pending Investigation

Last Update: Oct 04, 2022 10:56 am CDT

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