Investigation begins

 Emergency personnel begin investigating a traffic fatality Saturday on Wis. 27 at the Flambeau River bridge in Ladysmith. The accident involved a single motorcycle carrying two riders. One was pronounced dead at the scene. The second was airlifted. Traffic was detoured around the scene for six hours.

One person was killed and another seriously injured Saturday morning in a one-vehicle motorcycle accident in Ladysmith.

A 911 caller reported the crash at about 11 a.m. on June 8 at the south end of Wis. 27 bridge over Flambeau River near road’s intersection with Gokey Road.

Officers located two crash victims off the roadway.

A female passenger, Maxine Maland, age 66, was pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver, Daniel Maland, age 56, was flown to an Eau Claire hospital. The married couple was from Jim Falls.

They were traveling northbound when the 2013 Honda motorcycle crashed into the guardrail, according to Ladysmith Police Chief Kevin Julien.

An update on the condition of Daniel Maland wasn’t available at deadline late Tuesday.

Yellow police tape was stretched across the roadway around the vehicle that was laying in the northbound lane of traffic.

The road was closed for about six hours as the members of the Wisconsin State Patrol reconstructed the accident. Road closed signage was placed on Wis. 27 near intersections with U.S. 8 and Doughty Road to detour traffic around the scene.

By 11:30 a.m., traffic was being detoured onto County P, then County I to U.S. 8 in Tony.

The detour interrupted a heavily travelled road leading into and out of the city from the south on a weekend day. The road is a major route to get to Walmart, Kwik Trip, Ladysmith Fresh Market and the city’s downtown.

The crash remains under investigation.

Ladysmith Police Department officials are asking the public for help with determining the cause of the crash.

The Rusk County Sheriffs Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Rusk County Medical Examiner’s Office are also assisting in the investigation.

If anyone has information or witnessed this traffic crash please call the Ladysmith Police Department at 715-532-2186.