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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.
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