At least four people were injured in Barron County Saturday after a crash sent two vehicles careening into a parking lot, where they struck numerous parked vehicles and a restaurant building.
The Barron County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call at 6:07p.m., Nov.23, of a multiple vehicle accident north of Rice Lake at the intersection of County SS and County B.
According to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, the initial investigation shows a Chevy Suburban driven by Brent Burns of Rice Lake was traveling east on County B and failed to stop at the stop sign at County SS and struck a Chevy Equinox traveling south on County SS driven by Dillen Metheny of Springbook.
Burns was taken to a Marshfield Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Dillen Metheny was also taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The collision sent both cars in the parking lot of the County Inn Restaurant, striking five more parked vehicles and the building.
A passenger in the Metheny vehicle, Justin Metheny, was extracted from the vehicle and flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth with serious injuries.
One of the parked vehicles in the lot was occupied by four people at the time of the crash and all these subjects were checked out at the scene and required no medical attention.
There was one person in the building that had a minor injury due to debris hitting them after the vehicle struck the building.
Five vehicles were towed from the scene.
Assisting the Barron County Sheriff's Department during the incident were the Wisconsin State Patrol, Rice Lake Fire Department, Bear Lake Haugen Fire Department, Lakeview Medical Center-Chetek and Cumberland Ambulances and Life Link and North Memorial Helicopters.