Driver Airlifted After Serious Motorcycle Crash - Highway 29, Elk Mound
On April 30, 2016 at approximately 7:24 PM the Dunn County Emergency Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle crash on State Highway 29 near County Highway H in the Town of Elk Mound. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn County First Responders, Colfax Rescue Squad, and Elk Mound Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.
The preliminary investigation indicated that the motorcycle was traveling at a very high rate of speed eastbound on State Highway 29 when it left the roadway, entered the median, and crossed into the westbound shoulder. The occupant was ejected from the motorcycle and was found in the highway median with severe injuries. Alcohol and speed appear to be a factor in the crash. The driver was not wearing a helmet.
The driver was airlifted to a local hospital by a Mayo One rescue helicopter. The driver’s name is not being released at this time. Westbound traffic on State Highway 29 was closed for a short period of time during the incident. The crash remains under investigation by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.
The Elk Mound Police Department and the Dunn County First Responders also assisted at the scene.
[Update: May 1, 2016]
The operator was identified as Christopher J. Gilbertson of Eau Claire, WI. Gilbertson was cited for Operating Under the Influence 4th Offense, Operating After License Revocation, and Failure to Maintain Control.