BARRON COUNTY -- An Eau Claire man is in critical condition following a snowmobile crash in Barron County, according to a press release from Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
On Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 12:56 a.m., the Barron County 911 Center received a call of a snowmobile crash just off Hwy SS north of Rice Lake. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with LMC Ambulance, Rice Lake Fire, and WI DNR all responded to the scene.
Initial investigation shows a snowmobile was traveling on the Tuscobia Trail when the driver went off the trail and struck a tree.
Eric Zimmerman, 45 from Eau Claire, was transported to MMC and later to an Eau Claire Hospital in critical condition.
The crash remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department and the WI DNR.
Speed and alcohol are contributing factors.
-- Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff