SAWYER COUNTY -- A two-vehicle crash in Sawyer County on Sunday, November 22, 2020, has resulted in severe Injuries to the drivers of both vehicles, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release

On November 22, 2020 at 12:01 pm, the Sawyer County Dispatch Center received a 911 call of a two vehicle crash on US Highway 63 near the intersection of Old Highway 63 in the Town of Lenroot. Sawyer County Deputies responded and were assisted by Sawyer County EMS, City of Hayward and Town of Hayward Fire Departments.

Upon arrival, deputies observed a 2013 Ford Flex SUV operated by Ronald A. Heutmaker, 47 of Baldwin, WI on the northbound shoulder of the road against a guard rail with severe frontend damage. The second vehicle involved, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck operated by Karl F. Kruschke, 57, of Osceola, WI was also in the northbound lane with severe front and rear end damage.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling southbound on US Highway 63. As the truck crossed a bridge on Highway 63, the truck encountered ice on the roadway causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The truck then crossed the centerline into the northbound lane striking the Ford SUV head on.

The drivers of both vehicles sustained severe injuries and were transported by Sawyer County Ambulance to a local hospital for medical treatment. Two juvenile passengers in the Ford SUV received injuries and were transported for medical treatment. It is unknown at this time as to the extent of the injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office.

- Per Sheriff Doug Mrotek


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