CHIPPEWA COUNTY -- A 48-year-old man from Sheldon, Wisconsin, died following a head-on crash in Chippewa County, according to a press release from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office submitted to DrydenWire.com.
- Date and Time of Event: Thursday 06/23/2022 3:50am
- Location of Event: State Highway 178 south of 180th Ave, Township of Eagle Point
- Persons Involved: Deceased: Michael Krieg, 48 years of age, of Sheldon, WI.
- Agencies Involved: Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle Point First Responders and Fire Department, Chippewa Falls Ambulance, Lifelink helicopter, Chippewa County Coroner Office, Wisconsin State Patrol.
Details of Event: On Thursday 06/23/2022 at 0356 hours the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two vehicle head on crash between a fuel truck and passenger car on STH 178 just south of 180th Av.
It was reported that the operator of the passenger car was believed to be deceased, which was confirmed upon arrival at 0404 hours.
Preliminary investigation revealed the passenger car operator was northbound on STH 178 and was left of the centerline. The fuel truck operator was southbound on STH 178 and encountered the passenger car on the wrong side of the roadway after rounding a curve in the roadway. The fuel truck operator braked heavily but was unable to avoid the collision which clearly occurred in the southbound lane based on the physical evidence.
The fuel truck operator was uninjured and cooperative with the investigation.
The deceased operator of the passenger car was later found to have controlled substances on his person. An autopsy will be performed.
Wisconsin State Patrol Reconstruction team responded.
Next of kin was notified.
The crash remains under investigation by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office.
-- Per Sheriff James L Kowalczyk