One person died and another had serious but not lifethreatening injuries after a single motorcycle crashed in the northbound median of Hwy. 53 on Wednesday afternoon, May 12.
The crash was under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff's Department. Details about the injured and deceased victim were not released, pending notification of family.
The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday near Hwy. 53 mile marker 122, between Chetek and New Auburn. Barron and Chippewa county sheriff's deputies responded, along with Chetek Police, New Auburn Fire Department, Chetek Ambulance Service and Mayo Ambulance. A Life Link helicopter landed at the scene.
Northbound traffic was stopped for about 45 minutes for the helicopter to land and for emergency crews to work.
Life-saving measures were attempted on one of the riders but was unfortunately not successful. The other rider was transferred from the Chetek ambulance to the helicopter. Flight tracking data showed the helicopter flew to Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire.
Northbound traffic resumed in one lane around 4:10 p.m.
This story will be updated as more information is gathered.