Crash police lights stock

A 17-year-old riding in a buggy that was hit by a truck last week has now died, according to the Barron County Sheriff's Department. 

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the case in still under investigation and once completed will be referred to the Barron County District Attorney’s office for review for any possible charges.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and we are grateful for all the community support they are receiving," he said.  

The Sheriff’s Department has been advised that the funeral will take place this weekend and there will be a larger presence of horse and buggies in the area. The area is north of Hwy. V and Hwy. M intersection, north of Rice Lake.

"So please pay attention," said Fitzgerald.

Two people were injured, one seriously, after the buggy they were riding in was struck by a truck on Hwy. M near the Barron-Washburn county line Thursday evening, Feb. 18.

At 6:44 p.m. the Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a truck crashing into a horse and buggy on Hwy. M near 30th Avenue.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department along with a Washburn County Deputy, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance, Rice Lake Fire Department, Birchwood Fire Department and the Life Link Helicopter all responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows that a horse and buggy traveling north on Hwy. M was struck by a truck that was also traveling north on Hwy M. The buggy had operating rear lights.

One subject in the buggy, a 17-year-old, was flown from the scene to an area hospital in serious condition and the other occupant, a 16-year-old, was transported to Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake with minor injuries.

The driver of the truck was treated and released at the scene. 

Names of those involved have not yet been released.

This is the second such incident to occur on that stretch of Highway M in the past few months. Five children were injured when their horse and buggy were struck from behind by a pickup truck Monday, Dec. 7, on Hwy. M near the Barron and Washburn county line.