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Bad accident leaves family feeling thankful this holiday season


Barron  County (WQOW) - A bad accident leaves one family feeling very thankful this holiday season.

On the morning of December 20th, Dennis Wood was driving to work in Chetek when he struck three horses that were in the road. The horses did not survive, and the accident left Wood with severe injuries. He was in a coma when they brought him to Mayo Health System in Eau Claire.

He's now awake and he and his family are thankful he wasn't more severely injured.  But it gets better for the family, his wife gave birth to their second child early Wednesday morning.

"Denny was aware that the baby was born, he gave a thumbs up right away, and one of his first signs, he insisted was, 'take me there,' he wanted to go," says Dennis G. Wood Sr., his father.

Wood is expected to make a good recovery. A fund has been set up for Wood's recovery.  If you would like to donate, please send it to the Dennis G. Wood the Second Fund at the Heritage Credit Union in Ladysmith.


Barron County (Press Release) - On Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5:20 a.m. the Barron County Sheriff's Dept received a call of a car vs. horse crash on Highway D near 29th Street in the Town of Chetek.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff's Department, the Chetek Police Department, Chetek Ambulance, Chetek Fire Department, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and the Chetek First Responders were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival it was discovered that a car driven by Dennis Wood, 22, of Holcombe was traveling east on D when he struck 3 horses that were in the roadway.

Wood was extricated from the vehicle and transported to LMC and later transferred to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire with severe injuries.

One of the horses was dead due to the impact and the other two horses were put down by Sheriff's Deputies due to the injuries.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

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