On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 4:24 a.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a semi vs van traffic crash on Hwy 8 west of 12th Street.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department along with the Gold Cross Ambulance, Barron Fire, Barron County First Responders and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.
Initial investigation shows a van traveling west on Hwy 8 crossed the center line and struck a semi head-on that was traveling east on Hwy 8. The driver of the van was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of semi was transported to Mayo Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The names of the individuals are being withheld until proper family notification is made.
Hwy 8 was closed for 5 1⁄2 hours for reconstruction and removal of the vehicles with the assistance of the Barron County Hwy Department and the Barron Police Department.
The accident remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.
Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff