UPDATE: Sheriff Fitzgerald Releases More Information On Double-Fatal Crash In Barron County

Deceased: 54-year-old male from Spooner, WI area and 13-year-old from Elmwood, WI area.

UPDATE: Sheriff Fitzgerald Releases More Information On Double-Fatal Crash In Barron County

BARRON COUNTY -- Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has released an updated press release regarding the tragic crash that claimed the lives of two people in Barron County and left others injured Monday night.

Press Release

Deceased is a 54-year-old male from the Spooner WI area. He was a passenger in the van and the father to the additional passengers in van.

The driver of the van was a 54 male from the Rice Lake area and was flown out in critical condition.

Other passengers in the van range in age from 8-54. All are related to the deceased from the Spooner area. All other passengers were taken to area hospitals and treated for serious to minor injuries.

Deceased is a 13-year-old from the Elmwood area. He was a passenger in the car.

The driver of the car is age 17 from Elmwood and was transported to an area hospital by ambulance in serious condition.

Other passengers in the car, both aged 17 and from Elmwood, were flown to area hospitals in critical condition.

All passengers in the car were related family members.

The injured deputy is at home recovering but needs to be commended for putting herself in harm’s way to get people away from the fire. We would also like to thank the several citizens who stopped to help.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is handling the crash report and reconstruction of the scene. The van did overturn in the ditch and started on fire. The car came to rest, upright, in a field.

Special thanks to all the area first responders, fire, ambulance, dispatchers, law enforcement, and area hospitals for the help and care they provided.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families involved.

-- Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

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Tragic Crash Claims Lives Of Two, Leaves Several Injured In Barron County

BARRON COUNTY -- In a tragic incident on Monday, May 29, 2023, a two-vehicle crash occurred on Hwy 25 at County Road A in Barron County, resulting in the loss of two lives and multiple injuries, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release

On Monday, May 29, 2023 at 5:52pm the Barron County 911 Center received a call of a 2 vehicle crash on Hwy 25 at County Road A, north of Ridgeland.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriffs along with 2 Marshfield Medical Center Ambulances, a Mayo Ambulance, Cumberland Ambulance, Chetek Ambulance, Dallas Ambulance, Colfax Ambulance, Clear Lake Ambulance, Boyceville Ambulance, Dallas Fire Department, Ridgeland Fire Department, Barron County First Responders, 3 Lifelink Helicopters, North Memorial Helicopter, WI DNR Warden, Dunn County Sheriff’s Department and the WI State Patrol all responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a van with 10 occupants was travelling north on Hwy 25 and was struck by a car with 4 occupants that was travelling west on County Road A. The ages of the passengers in the van ranged from 8-54. The ages of the passengers in the car range 13-17.

A 54 year old male in the van and a 13 year old male in the car passed away from injuries sustained the in accident. The driver of the van, 54 year old male, and two 17 year old males from the car were flown from the scene in critical condition.

The rest of the occupants of the van and car were transported to area hospitals with serious to minor injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the WI State Patrol and they are also handling reconstruction of the crash scene. The Barron County Medical Examiner’s office is also assisting.

A deputy was also transported, treated and released, at an area hospital with smoke inhalation as van started on fire after the crash.

Hwy 25 was closed by the Barron County Hwy Department for four hours.

-- Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

Last Update: May 30, 2023 2:32 pm CDT

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