The Barron County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the circumstances of an early-morning crash near Silver Lake on Monday, Sept. 6, that resulted in serious injuries to a 17-year-old Cumberland man and his 16-year-old male passenger, a resident of Frederic, according to Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

Speed and drugs are suspected to be contributing factors, Fitzgerald said in a press release issued Tuesday morning, Sept. 7.

According to the press release, an initial investigation showed that shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, a vehicle on 12th Street failed to stop for a stop sign at CTH B in the town of Lakeland, about five miles east of Cumberland, and rolled into the ditch.

The 17-year-old driver was transported to Cumberland Hospital and, later, to Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn., with serious injuries. The 16-year-old passenger was flown to Regions Hospital with what the press release also described as serious injuries.

County dispatch logs said that a helicopter landing zone was set up at the county-owned Silver Lake boat landing parking lot, and that the Wisconsin State Patrol accident reconstruction team reached the scene shortly after 5 a.m. Monday.

Fitzgerald said names weren’t being released pending further investigation. No further information was available as of press time Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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