Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in Burnett County

Monday, June 25, 2018 | DrydenWire |


One person has died and two others are in serious condition following a two-vehicle crash near the Town of Swiss in Burnett County, according to a press release from the Burnett County Sheriff's Office.

(Press Release) -- On Friday, June 22, 2018 at 8:14 p.m. the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 35 near County Highway H in the Town of Swiss.

Three minutes before the crash was reported, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a southbound vehicle operating at a very high rate of speed in the northbound lane of STH 35.

Initial investigation of this incident indicates that a 2002 Dodge Dakota operated by Michael James Sanders, 62 of Superior, WI was southbound in the northbound lane of STH 35 when it struck a northbound vehicle driven by Arthur Foix, 51, of Minneapolis, MN. After striking Foix’s vehicle, Sander’s vehicle entered the ditch, struck several trees and caught fire; he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Burnett County Medical Examiner.

Foix and a juvenile passenger in his vehicle were airlifted to Twin Cities area hospitals with serious injuries. No updates on their conditions were available at the time of this release.

The Wisconsin State Patrol, St. Croix Tribal Police, Danbury Fire Department, Webb Lake First Responders and North Memorial Ambulance also responded to this incident.

No further information will be released at this time; investigation and crash reconstruction continues by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Per Chief Deputy Scott M. Burns, Burnett County Sheriff's Office


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