Minnesota man among 2 who died in northwest Wisconsin storms
DULUTH, Minn.—A man was found dead near his submerged pickup truck south of Ashland on Monday and a man from Minnesota died after a tree fell on his camper in Sawyer County on Sunday after storms caused extensive flooding and washed-out roads in northwestern Wisconsin this weekend.
A 75-year-old Mason, Wis., man was found dead south of Ashland on Monday — 60 feet from his submerged pickup truck along a county road in White River Township, said the Ashland County Sheriff's Office in a news release.
Thomas Koeper was found dead after his pickup was first located in 6-8 feet of water. The driver's side door on the pickup was open, the truck was in park and the keys had been removed from the ignition, the Sheriff's Office said.
The incident remains under investigation by the county sheriff's and coroner's offices.
Meanwhile, a large oak tree blew over during a severe thunderstorm shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday and landed on a camper located on East Shore Drive on Lake Chetac in the town of Edgewater, according to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office. The camper was occupied by a man, woman and two young children. The man, identified as 55-year-old James M. Pluff of Redwood Falls, Minn., sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman and children sustained what authorities referred to as non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, Wis.