Multi-vehicle accident with injuries, damages cars and restaurant in Rice Lake

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On Saturday night, November 23rd, a two vehicle collison at the intersection of Hwy SS and Hwy B started a chain of events which ended with a parked car being shoved into the Country Inn Restaurant. Injuries were received by the occupants of the original vehicles, as well as a diner in the restaurant. Five cars had to be towed away after the incident.

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 6:07 p.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a multiple vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy SS and Hwy B north of Rice Lake.
Initial investigation shows a Chevy Suburban driven by Brent Burns of Rice Lake was traveling east on Hwy B and failed to stop at the stop sign at SS and struck a Chevy Equinox traveling south on Hwy SS driven by Dillen Metheny of Springbook. Burns was taken to a Marshfield Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Dillen Metheny was also taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
This collision sent both cars into the parking lot of the Country Inn Restaurant striking five more parked vehicles and the building.
A passenger in the Metheny vehicle, Justin Metheny, was extracted from the vehicle and flown to St Mary’s Hospital in Duluth with serious injuries.
One of the parked vehicles in the lot was occupied by four people at the time of the crash and all these subjects were checked out at the scene and required no medical attention.
There was one person in the building that had a minor injury due to debris hitting them after the vehicle struck the building.
Five vehicles were towed from the scene.
Assisting the Sheriff’s Department during the incident were the Wisconsin State Patrol, Rice Lake Fire Department, Bear Lake Haugen Fire Department, Lakeview Medical Center-Chetek and Cumberland Ambulances and Life Link and North Memorial Helicopters.


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