The Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a semi vs. car accident at 12:50 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 on U.S. 53 north of Haugen.
Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Rice Lake Police Department, Bear Lake Haugen Fire Department, Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, Rice Lake Fire Department, LMC Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded.
Upon arrival it was determined that a semi loaded with liquid oxygen driven by Jeremy Loeffelholz, 43 of Orfordville, was traveling north on U.S. 53. A
car traveling south being driven by Mathew Krear, 28 of Chetek, crossed the
median and struck the semi head on.
Krear and his passenger, Morgan Lasley, age 20 of Chetek, were both killed at the scene.
Loeffelholz was treated at the scene and released.
No oxygen was released during the crash and U.S. 53 was closed for about two hours.
The accident remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s
Department with the assistance of the Barron County Medical Examiner. It is
being reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol.