Hwy. 53 motorcycle crash

Northbound traffic was stopped for a helicopter to land on Hwy. 53 for a motorcycle crash on Wednesday afternoon, May 12. One person was injured and another person died at the scene.

One person died and another had serious but not life threatening injuries after a single motorcycle crashed in the northbound median of Hwy. 53 on Wednesday afternoon, May 12.

On Thursday the Barron County Sheriff's Department identified the deceased as Richard Knoll, 63, of Rice Lake. Knoll was driving a three-wheeled motorcycle (trike) at the time of the crash. 

Lois Allen, 72, of Rice Lake, was flown to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday near Hwy. 53 mile marker 122, between Chetek and New Auburn. Barron and Chippewa county sheriff's deputies responded, along with Chetek Police, New Auburn Fire Department, Chetek Ambulance Service and Mayo Ambulance. A Life Link helicopter landed at the scene.

Northbound traffic was stopped for about 45 minutes for the helicopter to land and for emergency crews to work.

Northbound traffic resumed in one lane around 4:10 p.m.

This story will be updated as more information is gathered.