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UPDATE: Names released in Barron County fatal accident


Barron County (WQOW) - Two people were killed in a traffic accident Friday night in Barron County.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department says a truck collided with a motorcycle on County Highway V and 53 Friday night around seven o'clock.  65-year-old Gustav Zittlow and 55-year-old Cynthia Zittlow died at the scene. They were on the motorcycle.  The driver of the truck and his passenger were both treated for minor injuries.

This isn't the first fatal accident at this intersection. Several years ago the DOT said the number of fatal crashes there, was three-times the state average.  Now, the DOT says work will begin next month to build an overpass to make it safer. The project will cost more than $10 million.  It's expected to be completed by November of next year.


Barron County (Press Release from the Barron County Sheriff's Department) - On 4-6-12 at 6:44pm the Barron County Sheriff's Dept received a report of a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy 53 and Hwy V north of Rice Lake. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff's Dept along with the Rice Lake Fire Dept, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance, Bear Lake Haugen Fire Dept and First Responders, Wisconsin State Patrol, Rice Lake Police Dept, Barron County Medical Examiner and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.
Initial investigation shows a motorcycle was traveling north on Hwy 53 struck a truck that was crossing Hwy 53 on Hwy V.
The occupants of the motorcycle Gustav Zittlow, 65, of Trego and Cynthia Zittlow, 55, of Trego were deceased at the scene. The driver of the truck Richard Caton, 59 of Dayton MN and his passenger Jacqueline Caton, 57 of Dayton, MN were treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.
The accident is being reconstructed by the Barron County Sheriff's Dept with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Northbound Lanes of Hwy 53 were closed for several hours with the assistance of the Barron County Hwy Dept.


Barron County (WQOW) - The Barron County Sheriff says two people were killed in an accident. The sheriff says a truck and a motorcycle collided on County Highway V and 53. Their names have not been released.  The accident happened around 7 p.m. Friday night.  Traffic had to be directed to alternative routes after the crash.  Lanes were opened back up around midnight.

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