Taylor County's First Traffic Fatality of 2020
On Thursday, January 2nd at 2:20 P.M. the Taylor County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a two vehicle accident located approximately 9 miles north of Medford on State Highway 13 in the Town of Chelsea. Sheriff's deputies along with fire and ambulance services were dispatched.
Upon arrival, deputies found a head on two vehicle accident resulting in one fatality.
A preliminary investigation coupled with witness information indicates the victim, identified as 45 year old Chad Bernard Olson of Rib Lake, was driving an SUV and was south bound on State Highway 13. The SUV drifted into the north bound lane directly in the path of an approaching semi-truck. The semi and Olson's vehicle collided head on resulting in Olson's death. Olson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The semi driver was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.
It is unknown at this time why or what caused th SUV to drift into the opposite lane. The investigation is currently active and ongoing.