One-Vehicle Accident Claims Life Of 15-Year Old Birchwood Boy

Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

On Friday (7/13) the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of one vehicle accident north of Cumberland in the Town of Maple Plain. The accident would claim the life of a 15-year old boy from Birchwood.

Deputies form the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Wisconsin State Patrol, Cumberland Ambulance and Cumberland Fire Department responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered a modified Ford Bronco that had no top on the box portion of the vehicle had been in a one vehicle accident. Officials believe the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign, hit a ditch and then an embankment, which caused one of the three occupants to be ejected.

The driver of the vehicle, 22-year old Wade Richey of Spooner was not ejected and refused medical attention at the scene but was later taken to Cumberland Hospital with unknown injuries.

Joseph Rauch, a 14-year old boy from Birchwood was ejected and was transported to Cumberland Hospital with severe injuries.

The third occupant, 15-year old Triston Sager of Birchwood, was not ejected but was in the box area of the vehicle. He was transported to Cumberland Hospital and later taken to Regions Hospital with severe injuries. Sadly, Sager later succumbed to his injuries at Regions Hospital and died.

This accident remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department but the initial interview of the driver stated that there was a vehicle malfunction.

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