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A sedan sits on its roof after the vehicle lost control and entered the south ditch on CTH D near 21st Street, west of Chetek, on Monday morning, July 20. The young male driver and two other occupants had minor injuries. At right are a witness and a first responder.

A sedan driving east on CTH D near 21st Street lost control and overturned in the south ditch, coming to rest upside down in a soybean field late Monday morning, July 20.

The young male driver and two other occupants had minor injuries—likely thanks to their use of seat belts—and were able to get out of the car themselves, according to those at the scene.

Ben Baye, of Ladysmith, was driving west on CTH D when he saw the oncoming car start to lose control and hit the shoulder. As he passed the car, he knew it was going into the ditch and immediately called 911. He turned around and was glad to see the occupants were okay. “Glad to see them get out of the vehicle,” Baye said.

Baye said the vehicle was likely speeding as it came over the hill. The road was also covered in loose gravel from recent chip sealing.

Chetek Ambulance Service, Chetek First Responders, Chetek Fire Department, Barron County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Blackjack Towing responded. State Patrol was handling the crash report, but it was not immediately clear on Monday if any traffic citations would be issued to the driver.

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