SPOONER, Wis. (WCCO) – Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash in western Wisconsin Friday morning, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
At 7:43 a.m., the Sheriff’s Department was notified of the crash with injuries at the intersection of State Highway 63 and County Highway K in Spooner, Wis.
According to authorities and witness statements, a vehicle traveling on eastbound CTH K failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with STH 63. The vehicle was then struck by a truck and trailer that was southbound on STH 63.
Authorities say the eastbound vehicle was driven by 18-year-old Derek Donely of Prescott, Wis. Donely and the passenger, identified as 26-year-old Sean Roland of rural Ellsworth, Wis., had to be extricated from the vehicle. Both were taken by separate medical helicopters with life threatening injuries.
The southbound vehicle was operated by 54-year-old Steven Hines of rural Ellsworth, Wis. He was towing a large trailer containing scrap metal. He was taken to Regions Hospital with undetermined injuries.
The northbound lane of STH 63 was closed for several hours, with traffic being detoured.
The crash remains under investigations, but it is being called an accident.