One person died in a head-on crash on CTH SS south of Cameron, just north of 21st Street, on Saturday afternoon, May 8, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.
The crash was reported just after 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. A caller said a head-on collision occurred, and three people were injured with another appearing to be deceased, according to county dispatch logs.
Marshfield Medical Center ambulance, Mayo ambulance, Cameron Fire Department, first responders, sheriff’s deputies, Cameron Police and Life Link helicopter were paged. Later, the medical examiner was also paged. The Wisconsin State Patrol conducted an accident reconstruction investigation. The Barron County Highway Department assisted with blocking off the road.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the initial crash investigation showed that a vehicle, driven by Nathaniel Bull, 24, of Barron and Rice Lake, crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Kenneth Smith, 45, of Spooner. Smith’s wife and 10-year-old daughter were also in the car.
The crash report said Bull was driving north on CTH SS in a silver 1996 Mercedes C220. Smith was driving south in a black 2014 Ford Edge. Bull’s vehicle came to a stop on the east shoulder and Smith’s vehicle came to a stop on its driver’s side in the west ditch, facing north.
All occupants in Smith’s vehicle were wearing seat belts, the crash report said. Bull was not wearing a seat belt. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.
Bull was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Smith was extricated from his vehicle and flown to Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire with injuries that were not life-threatening His wife and daughter sustained minor injuries and were transported to Marshfield Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Both cars were transported by S & R Towing to the sheriff’s department impound. The State Patrol is reconstructing the crash scene to determine the cause of the crash.
Blood samples were drawn from both drivers, but test results were pending. Drug or alcohol use was not suspected of Smith. Alcohol was not suspected for Bull, but drug use was suspected.
The road was reopened to traffic after 8:20 p.m. on Saturday.
An obituary for Bull can be read on Page A2.
Another fatal head-on collision claimed the life of a woman and her son in Chippewa County on Monday, May 10. A westbound Chevy Monte Carlo crossed the median of Hwy. 29 and struck head-on a semi truck hauling sand.