Fatal accident scene

Wreckage from three damaged vehicles (including a boat and trailer) is strewn across the roadway of this rural Washburn County town road after a fatal crash Sunday, May 12, 2019, that killed a man from Rice Lake.

A Rice Lake man who lost his life in a crash on Sunday, May 12, 2019, was employed at Swant-Graber motors in Barron, according to online information and reports from the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Brett W. Tyler, 23, of Rice Lake, was killed and a Chippewa Falls man was injured in the three-vehicle collision near Shell Lake in Washburn County, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol, who was investigating the crash.

The state patrol said Donald D. Meyer, 51, had life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Hennepin County Hospital. The victim’s wife is from Chetek, and his in-laws live there.

The Swant-Graber dealership was contacted Tuesday, May 14, and was offered an opportunity to comment.

An employee with Swant Graber called back later to say that after considering the request, the dealership decided to decline, out of consideration for other members of the victim’s family who work there.

The crash happened around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. Spooner police, Shell Lake Fire Department, Washburn County sheriff’s deputies, North Aircare and Spooner Fire Department responded.

The state patrol said Meyer was driving north on Boot Lake Road in a 2017 Chevy Silverado when the truck crossed the centerline and collided with a 2018 Toyota Camry driven by Trae A. Tyler, 24, of Rice Lake, and a 2017 Volkswagen Passat, driven by Brett Tyler. Photos of the crash scene showed Meyer’s truck was pulling a boat on a trailer.

Both Tylers were headed south on Boot Lake Road. Trae Tyler was not injured.

Seat belt use was unknown, the state patrol said, and it was not known if alcohol was a factor in the crash. It was not initially suspected as a cause.

Brett Tyler had recently married in January, according to court documents, and the couple had an infant daughter, according to social media.