SARONA– Injuries from a crash have taken the life of a 34-year-old Spooner area man.
The crash on June 3 and was reported to the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at approximately 5:23 a.m. as a pickup truck versus semi accident on Hwy. 53 near Pierce Road in the town of Sarona.
According to the sheriff's office, the initial investigation showed the man was driving south on Hwy. 53 and drifted into the median, struck a signpost, and then continued on before striking an embankment, which caused the truck to begin to roll as it entered northbound traffic.
The driver of a northbound Jennie-O semi attempted to avoid the pickup, but the pickup struck the side of the semi.
Witnesses in the area initiated lifesaving measures until law enforcement and emergency medical technicians arrived. The pickup driver was transported by EMTs to the Life Link Helicopter that was staged nearby.
“Despite the lifesaving efforts of all involved, the male from the passenger truck succumbed to his injuries,” the sheriff's department said.
His name is being withheld pending family notification competition.
The semi driver was treated on scene and released.
Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washburn County Coroner's Office investigations are still pending.
“At this time there is no evidence of any outside contributing factors causing the accident,” the sheriff's office said.
Washburn County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded with the assistance of Spooner Police Department, Barron County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, North Memorial Ambulance, LMC Ambulance, Life Link Air Care, and Shell Lake Fire Department.