1 teen dead, 2 others seriously hurt after rollover crash in Barron County, Wis.
UPDATE 12:40 p.m. 10/11/22: The four teens involved in the Barron County, Wis. crash have been identified by school administration as current or former students of the Rice Lake Area School District (RLASD).
RLASD Administrator Randy Drost addressed community members in an email midday Tuesday. Read the full email here:
Dear Rice Lake School District Families and Staff Members:
It is with great sadness that I provide you with this update. Last night, four current or former RLASD students were involved in a tragic one vehicle car accident. Here is a link to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page where additional details about the accident are explained.
The school district has been informed that as a result of the accident, a current RLHS student has passed away. Two other students involved in the accident are currently hospitalized.
This is a truly devastating time for our entire community. Please know that pupil services staff members are available to meet with students and staff now and in the coming days. Please do not hesitate to reach out if your child needs assistance dealing with this terrible situation. You may set up an appointment with a pupil services staff member by calling the school office where your child attends.
At this time, we are not able to share any additional information. We ask that you join us in keeping the students’ families and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this time.
Here is one potential resource for talking to others about grief and loss.Randy Drost, District Administrator
View previous updates below.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m. 10/11/22: The Barron County Sheriff’s Office published an update late Tuesday morning that one of the 14-year-old girls involved in the rollover crash Monday night has died.
The sheriff’s office says they received word from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
No updates have been provided on the condition of the other two girls.
Read an earlier version of this story below.
INITIAL REPORT 8:52 a.m. 10/11/22: Three teen girls were flown to hospitals with injuries ranging from serious to critical and a teen boy has been arrested after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Barron County, Wis.
The Barron County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and other first responders went to a crash on 16 ½ Avenue near 19 ¾ Street, just north of Cameron, after receiving a 911 call around 7 p.m. Monday.
Authorities say they discovered the driver had been speeding and lost control of the vehicle, which rolled several times.
Three teen girls riding in the car, identified as being 14, 14 and 15 years old, were seriously hurt in the crash. Two of the girls were flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for critical injuries. The third girl was taken to an area hospital before being flown to a hospital in Marshfield for serious injuries.
As of this posting, there have been no updates to the girls’ conditions.
Deputies have arrested the driver, identified as a 16-year-old boy, for driving under the influence and causing injuries. The sheriff says the boy is at the Eau Claire Secure Detention Facility.
The boy was also treated for injuries at the scene but wasn’t hospitalized
The crash is under investigation; Wisconsin State Patrol is reconstructing the crash, the Barron County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case, and the Barron County Sheriff’s Office continues to examine details.