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Two Dead Following Head-on Wrong Way Crash in Burnett County

From the Burnett County Sheriff's Office:

On February 28, 2022, at approximately 7:50 p.m., the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an erratic driver complaint. While deputies were responding to that complaint, they were notified of a head-on crash in the same area.

Upon arrival, the deputies observed two vehicles in the southbound lane of State Highway 87 approximately ¼ mile north of County Road O in Anderson Township. There were several other vehicles and bystanders on scene.

The on-scene investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle was traveling northbound on State Highway 87. That vehicle forced two other vehicles into the ditch by driving into the southbound lane of travel. Those vehicles did not sustain any damage.

The suspect vehicle then sideswiped a vehicle that was traveling southbound on State Highway 87 causing damage to that vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was not injured.

The suspect vehicle continued to travel in the wrong lane of travel and struck another vehicle head-on. The driver of that vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was transported to Burnett Medical Center by ambulance, where that driver was pronounced dead.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash. This crash is still under investigation. The Wisconsin State Patrol was requested to do a reconstruction of this crash.

The names of the deceased will be released at a later time. The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Wisconsin State Patrol, Grantsburg Police Department, North Ambulance, Grantsburg Fire Department, and the Burnett County Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance.

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