Deputy injured when car runs stop sign in fog

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Three vehicles were involved in the accident that left this deputy’s squad car and two other cars severely damaged. The incident occurred in the heavy morning fog last Friday, October 6th. A reminder to exercise extra caution when driving in foggy weather.

On Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8:04 a.m. the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a three vehicle accident on Highway 8 at 20th Street just south of Cameron, involving a Barron County squad car.
Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, along with two Lakeview Medical Center ambulances, Cameron Fire Department and Cameron Police Department responded to the scene.
Initial investigation shows a Chevy Cobalt traveling north on 20th Street, driven by Ricky Howard, 58, of Chetek, failed to stop for the stop sign at Highway 8 and failed to stop for the median stop sign at this same intersection, and was struck by the Barron County Sheriff’s squad car, driven by Deputy Dave Kuffel of Rice Lake.
A car, driven by Noah Anderson of Cameron, stopped in the southbound lane at 20th Street on the north side of Highway 8, was struck when the Chevy Cobalt spun after impact with the Barron County squad. There was a passenger in the Anderson car, Erik Damrell, also of Cameron. These two subjects were not transported for injuries.
Deputy Kuffel was transported to Lakeview Medical Center for his injuries and Ricky Howard was extricated from his vehicle and transported to Mayo Hospital.
Deputy Kuffel is at home recuperating from his injuries and is expected to return to work soon.
The condition of Ricky Howard is not known at this time.


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