Semi rollover injures driver

The semi came to rest on its side in the oncoming lane of traffic. Photo courtesy of Pine River Fire Department.

BY TINA L. SCOTT
EDITOR

On Sunday, June 2, 2024, the Lincoln County Dispatch Center received a report of a one-vehicle accident in Lincoln County. When the call came in, it was reported to be at Cty. Hwy. X and Cty. Hwy. J, so Russell Fire Department and First Responders along with Merrill Ambulance were dispatched. However, there was some confusion when responding units were unable to locate the crash, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Upon hearing the call, Pine River Fire Department Assistant Chief Tony Hartwig, who lives in the area, drove out to the intersection of Cty. Hwy. X and Marathon Cty. Hwy. J and discovered that was where the incident had occurred – at the border of the Towns of Pine River and Hewitt. Subsequently, Pine River Fire Department and First Responders were paged and were first to arrive on scene. Merrill EMS was redirected to the correct location, and Town of Russell units were dismissed from the call.
The vehicle involved – a semi tractor and trailer registered to Helena Chemical Company – was traveling east hauling a full load of dried fertilizer when it rounded a curve and subsequently struggled to control the tractor/trailer, leaving skid marks on the road, crossing into the oncoming traffic lane, and then tipping over, coming to rest on its side in the oncoming traffic lane and spilling part of its load into the ditch and nearby field.
In addition to Lincoln County deputies, the Pine River Fire Department (PRFD) responded and contained a diesel fuel spill that also occurred as a result of the accident. The DNR and Lincoln County Emergency Management were also notified, according to the PRFD. The Lincoln County Highway Department set up a detour around the area.
The driver was transported to Aspirus Wausau Hospital by Merrill EMS with non-life threatening injuries, the truck was removed from the scene, and the road was reopened just before 1 p,m., authorities said.

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