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UPDATE: Driver accused of rear-ending buggy and injuring 5 charged

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Brian J. Holst, 40, of Chetek Brian J. Holst, 40, of Chetek

Barron (WQOW) - There's new information Friday on the Chetek truck driver accused of rear-ending an Amish buggy sending a family of five to the hospital.

Brian Holst was charged Friday with hit-and-run causing great bodily harm. According to the charges Holst told his ex-girlfriend that he had hit a buggy and was considering 'going on the run.'

She contacted Barron County deputies. They say Holst first denied hitting the buggy. But when they told him no one had died they say Holst became very remorseful and said 'how could they not have been killed.' They say he then admitted the crash and said when he saw the buggy flying through the air he panicked and left.

Holst then allegedly intentionally crashed his truck into a guardrail to explain the damage to his boss.

Also, another driver told deputies he saw the buggy shortly before the crash, and that it was visible from a long distance, with at least eight lights on the back.

Two children and their mother remain hospitalized with serious injuries.

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Barron County (WQOW) - Three members of the same family remain in the hospital after the buggy they were in was hit from behind.

The Barron County sheriff says Brian Holst confessed to rear-ending an Amish buggy with his semi Wednesday night.  Thursday morning, investigators were tipped off that a Jennie-O truck had been seen in the area where the crash happened.  The damaged truck was found at the Jennie-O plant in Barron, and Holst was identified as the driver.

The crash happened on County Highway SS, south of Chetek.  The sheriff says the buggy had a reflective slow moving vehicle sign, and was partially on the shoulder of the road when it was hit.

Five members of a New Auburn family were injured.  Lorene Lambright is in serious condition.  A family spokesperson says Lorene has numerous injuries, including a fractured pelvis.  The spokesperson says one child was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.  She had surgery to repair her pelvis and collarbone.  Another child is undergoing tests for a fractured skull.

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Barron County (WQOW) - A suspect is now in custody for allegedly crashing into an Amish buggy and then fleeing the scene.

The Barron County sheriff says Brian Holst confessed to rear-ending the buggy with his semi Wednesday night.  

Investigators got a tip Thursday morning that a Jennie-O truck had been seen in the area where the crash happened. The damaged truck was found at the Jennie-O plant in Barron and Holst was identified as the driver.

Five members of a New Auburn family were injured. Lorene Lambright is in serious condition.   Three children were taken to a Twin Cities hospital.

The crash happened on County Highway SS, south of Chetek. The sheriff says the buggy had a reflective slow moving vehicle sign, and was partially on the shoulder of the road when it was hit.

The horse pulling the buggy was not injured in the crash.

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Barron County (Press Release) - At approximately 8:30 a.m. the Barron County Sheriff's Department received a tip reporting that a Jennie-O truck may have been involved in a hit and run incident from Halloween night.

A Barron County detective investigating the case followed up with Jennie-O and gathered information on a possible driver and suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located at Jennie-O and identified as a 2009 Volvo Semi.

An interview was conducted with the driver of the truck Brian J. Holst, 40, of Chetek and he confessed to hitting the buggy and leaving the scene. Brian is currently being held in the Barron County Jail on felony counts of hit and run awaiting formal charges by the Barron County District Attorney.

The names of the victims in the crash are:

Lorene Lambright, 30, of Chetek - transported to Bloomer Hospital

Felty Lambright, 31, of Chetek - flown to Mayo in Eau Claire

Marilyn Lambright, 7, of Chetek - transported to Mayo in Barron

Amanda Lambright, 10, of Chetek - transported to Bloomer Hospital

Luella Lambright, 8, of Chetek - transported to Mayo in Barron

We have no updates on the condition of any of the occupants other than what was released last night where there conditions ranged from serious to minor.

The horse was not injured in the crash.

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Barron County (Press Release) - On 10-31-12 at 9:24pm the Barron County Sheriff's Dept received a call of a truck vs. buggy accident on SS south of Chetek with several people injured. 

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff's Dept along with the Chetek Police Dept, Chetek Ambulance, Chetek First Responders, Mayo Ambulance, Bloomer Ambulance, Life Link Helicopter and the WI State Patrol responded to the scene.

Initial report was that there were 5 people injured (2 adults and 3 Children).  Conditions range from serious injuries to minor injuries. One person was flown out to a hospital in Eau Claire, two were transported to Bloomer Hospital and the others were transported to Mayo Hospital in Barron.

The vehicle that struck the buggy left the scene and our department is attempting to locate a truck with dual rear tires with some front end damage.  We do not have a paint color at this time.   

Anyone with information about this crash or information on the whereabouts of the truck should contact the Barron County Sheriff's Dept at 537-3106.

More detailed information will be released Thursday afternoon after the accident investigation is complete.

Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

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