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Man found dead 8 hours after motorcycle crash; Two other western Wisconsin fatalities reported

SIREN -- A Siren man died Saturday, Aug. 2 after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed while traveling County Road B in the town of La Follete.

The Wisconsin State Patrol's Spooner office reported that Jerry A. Barker, 58, was eastbound when he ran off the road in a curve about 150 feet west of Styles Road and crashed in a field area.

The accident is believed to have occurred about 11:45 a.m., but the accident apparently wasn't discovered until Saturday evening. Barker was deceased when the first law enforcement officer arrived at the scene at 8:05 p.m.

It isn't known what caused Barker to lose control of his motorcycle. The accident remains under investigation.

Officials didn't note if he was wearing a helmet.


Amery woman dead after rollover crash

AMERY -- An Amery woman died Thursday evening after she was ejected from her 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer on a town road east of 150th Street in the town of Garfield.

Jamie L. Martinson, 27, wasn't wearing a seatbelt when she lost control in a curve, over corrected and rolled into the north ditch of 70th Avenue.

First responders from the Amery Ambulance Service and LifeLink III were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead by the Polk County Medical Examiner.

A passenger in the sport utility vehicle, Crystal M. Carlson, 29, also of Amery, received minor injuries that didn't require medical attention at the scene, according to a news release issued by Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson.

Both speed and alcohol consumption appeared to be contributing factors in the crash, Johnson noted.

Martinson’s death was the sixth on Polk County roads this year.


Minnesota man dies in two-vehicle crash

A Minnesota man killed in a two-vehicle crash in western Wisconsin Saturday has been identified as Roger Beyer, 77, of Buffalo, Minn.

Monroe County sheriff's deputies said Beyer's car crossed a centerline and collided head-on with another vehicle. Another oncoming driver swerved to avoid Beyer's car, and it landed in a ditch.

A ten-year-old boy in the Beyer auto was badly injured. He was hospitalized in critical condition at last word.

The crash happened Saturday in the town of Byron northeast of Tomah.