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August 6, 2020

4/19/2020 5:06:00 PM
Brothers killed in Lincoln County crash

The Lincoln County sheriff's office has identified two men believed to have been killed in an April 11 traffic accident in the town of Wilson as brothers Andrew B. Griffin Jr., 23, and Elisha Benjamaine Griffin, 18, both of Medford.

"On Saturday, Saturday, April 18, 2020 the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was notified of a motor vehicle crash on Old 8 Rd north of US Hwy 8 in the Town of Wilson, north and west of Tomahawk," Lincoln County authorities explained in a press release. "The crash was initially believed to have occurred in Oneida County that prompted units from that county to respond. When a Trooper from the Wisconsin State Patrol arrived on the scene, he found the crash actually occurred on US Hwy 8 near County Rd CC in the Lincoln County Town of Wilson. Initial investigation shows an SUV was traveling east on US Hwy 8 when it left the road and rolled over. The crash is believed to have happened late last Saturday evening, April 11, 2020. The vehicle had left the roadway and was not visible to passing motorists; further significant snowfall last Sunday also concealed the vehicle."

The occupants of the vehicle, later identified as the Griffin brothers, were pronounced dead at the scene by Lincoln County Coroner Paul C. Proulx.

Both men had been reported missing to the Medford Police Department, according to the release.

"At this time, the investigation shows this is a traffic fatality," the release states. "No other contributing factors are believed to be involved."

Agencies assisting at the scene included Wisconsin State Patrol, Oneida County Sheriff, Nokomis Fire Department, Little Rice Fire Department, Oneida County Med 4, and the Lincoln County Coroner's Office.

The deaths are the second and third on Lincoln County roadways this year.

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