On Friday, February 8, 2019, at 8:06am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a three vehicle accident on Hwy 48 just east of Cumberland.
Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cumberland Police Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Cumberland Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter all responded to the scene.
Initial reports show a vehicle traveling westbound driven by 64 year Harry Skirm, from Puyallup, WA, crossed the center line and stuck a truck traveling eastbound driven by 60 year old Dennis Jergenson, of Comstock. A third vehicle traveling eastbound driven by 71 year old Dennis Jacobson, of Cumberland, struck the back of the Jergenson truck. The Jacobson vehicle had two passengers, Pam Jacobson,65, and Shaun Jacobson, 41, both of Cumberland.
Skirm was transported to Cumberland Hospital where he was pronounced deceased and all the other drivers and passengers were checked out at the scene and released. The Wisconsin State Patrol was called in to reconstruct the accident scene and the Barron County Highway Department closed Hwy 48 for two and one-half hours. This accident remains under investigation.