BARRON COUNTY — A young man lost his life in a high-speed one-vehicle crash on County Road D/7th Ave in Barron County. The crash, which occurred on Friday, April 28, 2023, is believed to have been caused by the driver's failure to stop at a sign and the Barron County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

According to the Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, on Friday, April 28, 2023, at 10:05p, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a one vehicle crash on County Road D/7th Ave west of County Road K/2nd St, south of Turtle Lake.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, an officer from the Turtle Lake Police Department, Turtle Lake Fire Department, Barron County First Responders, Mayo Ambulance, and the Barron County Medical Examiner’s Office all responded to the scene.

An investigation of the crash shows the vehicle was traveling west on County Road D/7th Ave at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at the sign. The vehicle continued west with the driver subsequently losing control and leaving the roadway. The vehicle struck a tree and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver, Brenden Brown, 21 of Rice Lake was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The passenger, Gretchen Madsen, 18 of Clayton was transported to Barron Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department but speed is believed to be a contributing factor.

This is Barron County’s 1st traffic fatality of the year.

Last Update: May 01, 2023 1:48 pm CDT

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