SAWYER COUNTY -- A 37-year-old male had died following a semi-tractor trailer crash on State Highway 70 on Wednesday, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release

On August 12th 2020 at 10:22am, the Sawyer County Dispatch Center received a 911 call of a semi-tractor trailer crash on State Highway 70 east of Loretta / Draper in the Town of Draper.

Sawyer County Deputies responded to the scene assisted by Sawyer County EMS, Loretta/Draper Fire, Winter Fire, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Wisconsin DNR.

Initial investigation and eye witness statements indicate that a semi-tractor trailer operated by Clifford J. Hinkens, 37, of Coon, Rapids Minnesota was traveling east on State Highway 70 near Broadway Road. The semi-tractor trailer left the roadway, entered the ditch line, striking a driveway causing the semi to over-turn. The vehicle came to rest on its’ roof in the eastbound lane of traffic on State Highway 70. The lone occupant and operator of the semi sustained fatal injuries from the crash.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and the Sawyer County Coroner’s Office.

- Per Sheriff Doug Mrotek

Last Update: Aug 14, 2020 5:07 am CDT

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