On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 6:58 pm the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a 1 vehicle vs tree accident on 22 ¾ St north of County Road D, west of Chetek.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with Chetek Ambulance, Chetek Fire Department, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance, Chetek 1st Responders and Life Link Helicopter all responded to the scene.

The initial report was able to determine that an F150 pickup truck was traveling south on 22 ¾ St when it veered off the roadway into the ditch and struck two trees.  The driver of the truck was extricated and transported to Mayo Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The driver of the truck was Dennis Hiemstra, 58 of Chetek.

The cause of the crash is under investigation but alcohol is not a factor in the crash and the Barron County Medical Examiner Office is investigating a possible medical issue. Mr. Hiemstra was not wearing his seatbelt.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

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