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Conditions a Factor in Multiple Vehicle Crash

Conditions a Factor in Multiple Vehicle Crash

On Thursday, December 24th, at little past 9 in the morning, The Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple crashes and slide-ins on HWY 53 northbound, near the Eau Claire County and Chippewa County line.

The first call involved a vehicle that had spun out and was partially blocking the right lane. A subsequent chain reaction of crashes and slide-ins occurred from people attempting to avoid the initial vehicle on the snow/ice covered roadway.

One vehicle, driven by a 27 year old male, was clearly traveling too fast for the conditions and lost control. The vehicle then struck a 29 year old male, who was standing outside of his vehicle on the shoulder. The victim was transported to an area hospital with injuries to his lower extremities. The
injuries are considered non-life threatening, but serious.

The Sheriff’s Office believes there was at least one, and possibly more, vehicles involved that left the scene prior to law enforcement contact. The crashes remain under investigation and anyone who was involved in a collision at the scene and did not speak with law enforcement should contact the Sheriff’s Office.

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