BURNETT COUNTY -- A 66-year-old woman has died following a pickup vs motorcycle crash in Burnett County over the weekend, according to a press release from the Burnett County Sheriff's Office.

Press Release

On September 11, 2021, at 3:37 p.m., Burnett County Dispatch received a call of a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Hayden Lake Road and State Highway 35, Oakland Township, Burnett County.

A pickup was in the northbound lane of State Highway 35 waiting for a vehicle in front of it to turn left. A motorcycle was traveling north on State Highway 35. The operator of the motorcycle was waving to other motorcycles that were traveling southbound on State Highway 35. The operator of the northbound motorcycle then noticed the pickup stopped on the highway. The operator applied the front brake but was unable to stop in time. The motorcycle struck the back of the pickup.

North Ambulance responded to the scene.

Despite lifesaving efforts, the operator of the motorcycle, Barbara Solem, 66 years old, from Culver, MN, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank North Ambulance, Webster Fire Department, Burnett County Highway Department and the Burnett County Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance.

- Per Sheriff Tracy Finch


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