Cumberland resident receives serious injuries
On Monday, February 27, 2017, at 3:16 a.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a one vehicle rollover crash on County Road B near 25th Avenue east of Cumberland.
Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, along with Cumberland Ambulance and Fire Department and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.
Initial investigation shows that a car driven by Alex Hillman, 28, Cumberland, was traveling eastbound on County Road B and lost control of his vehicle and it overturned several times. Hillman was extricated from the vehicle by Cumberland Fire Department and flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. with serious injuries.
This accident remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, but speed is a contributing factor in this case. Hillman was operating with a revoked driver’s license.
Inattentive Driving causes three vehicle accident
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 9:42 a.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a three vehicle accident on Highway SS south of Cameron.
Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, along with two Chetek Ambulances, Chetek First Responders, Chetek Fire Department and a Gold Cross Ambulance, responded to the scene.
Initial investigation shows a Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Donald Mrotek, 61, of Hayward, was stopping to make a left turn into a driveway when a Chevrolet Impala, driven by Brandon Linder, 27, of Barron, took his eyes off the road to reach for his cell phone and struck the Suburban pushing it into the northbound lane of SS, striking a third vehicle, a Ford Escape, driven by Fritz Brandenburg, 83, of Chetek. The Brandenburg vehicle then went off the road and rolled over.
A passenger in the Ford Escape, Cheryl Brandenburg, 68, of Chetek, was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Lakeview Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. Fritz was transported by Life Link Helicopter to Mayo-Eau Claire with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Mrotek was treated at the sene and released and Linder was taken to Lakeview Medical Center with minor injuries.
The accident remains under investigation, but Linder was cited for inattentive driving.