UPDATE: This story has been updated following the announcement that of one of the passengers has died. That update can be found here.
BARRON COUNTY - A single-vehicle crash on Monday night has resulted in 2 teenage girls in critical condition and a 3rd with serious injuries. A 16-year-old male driver had minor injuries and was arrested for OWI, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.
On Monday, October 10, 2022, at 7 pm, the Barron County 911 center received a call of a one-vehicle rollover on 16 1/2 Ave near 19 3/4 St, just north of Cameron.
Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, LMC Ambulance, Cameron Police Department, Mayo Ambulance, WI State Patrol, and 2 Life Link Helicopters responded to the scene.
Initial investigation shows a vehicle occupied by a 16-year-old male was traveling west on 16 1/2 Ave at a high rate of speed and lost control causing the vehicle to roll several times.
In the vehicle were 3 juvenile females ages 15, 14, and 14. Two females were flown to Regions Hospital in St Paul and are in critical condition. The third female was transported to LMC and later flown out to a Marshfield Hospital with serious injuries.
The male driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
As a result of the initial investigation, the 16-year-old was taken into custody on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance causing injury and is currently being held in the Eau Claire Secure Detention Facility.
This case is being sent to the Barron County District Attorney’s Office for review.
This crash remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department and is being reconstructed by the WI State Patrol.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families involved.
-- Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff