Two dead after crash on Highway 70

Two people were killed on an icy stretch of Highway 70 near Grantsburg, Wisconsin on Dec. 28.

Two people were pronounced dead after an accident near Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Burnett County dispatch received a call Dec. 28 for a semi versus automobile on Highway 70 at Williams Road in the town of Grantsburg, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Micaela Schneider, 22, Plover, and Olivia Johnson, 22, St. Paul, were traveling westbound in a 2004 Honda Accord around 3 p.m. The preliminary investigation states the driver, Schneider, lost control of the vehicle and entered the path of the semi, which was traveling eastbound on highway 70.

There were no significant injuries to the driver and passenger of the semi.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2004 Gold Honda Accord was traveling westbound on State Highway 70.  The semi was traveling eastbound on State Highway 70.  It appears that the driver of the Honda lost control and traveled into the path of the oncoming semi and was struck by the semi.  

The Grantsburg Fire Department, North Ambulance, Burnett County Highway Department, Burnett County Medical Examiner, Wisconsin State Patrol, Karl Anderson’s Towing, Bruce’s Auto along with the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene.

According to the sheriff’s office the accident was caused by icy roads.

Sheriff reflects on crash

“It was just terrifying, horrible.”

That is how Sheriff Tracy Finch described the scene on Highway 70 on the afternoon of Dec. 28 after a semi-truck collided with a Honda Accord that left two people dead.

“It was a mess out there,” Chief Deputy Jameson Wiltrout said of the accident. “The car broke into three pieces.

Sheriff Tracy Finch said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those involved.”

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