Bayfield County collision leaves man dead

Two others were injured in the crash.


BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. — Road conditions were a contributing factor in a two-vehicle crash along U.S. Highway 2 in Bayfield County on Tuesday morning that left one dead and two others injured. The Wisconsin State Patrol has identified the man who was killed as 77-year-old Anthony Basley of Ashland.

The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 2 at Crooked Lake Road at 9:57 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. Basley was traveling west in a pickup truck when he lost control, according to a news release from the state patrol. The pickup crossed the center line and struck an eastbound semitractor-trailer. Basley was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the pickup truck, a 43-year-old Ashland woman, was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth with what authorities described as non-life-threatening injuries. The truck driver, a 64-year-old Hurley man, also sustained non-life-threatening injuries. He was not transported to a medical facility, according to the release.

Assisting agencies included the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office, Iron River Fire Department, Iron River Ambulance, Iron River Police Department and Ashland Fire Department. The crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

This story was updated at 10:48 a.m. Jan. 27 with corrected information from the Wisconsin State Patrol regarding the passenger and age of the deceased. It was originally posted at 11:34 a.m. Jan. 26, 2022.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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