BARRON COUNTY -- Authorities in Barron County responded to a call of a lawn mower accident near Rice Lake on Wednesday night. The operator died after he lost control of the mower and it rolled over on top of him, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

Press Release

On June 3, 2020, at 8:57 p.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a lawn mower accident at 1336 20 1⁄2 Ave, west of Rice Lake.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Mayo Ambulance, Barron County First Responders, Cumberland Fire Department and Life Link Helicopter were all dispatched to the scene.

Initial investigation shows Otis Via, 78, was mowing his ditch when he lost control of the mower and it rolled over on top of him. Mr. Via was deceased at the scene.

- Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff


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