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One man hospitalized after ATV strikes car northest of Merrill Friday



A crash between a car and an all terrain vehicle northeast of Merrill remains under investigation.

Lincoln County deputies were called to Heineman Road in the Town of Schley east of Highway 17 not far from Kelly Lane Friday afternoon. The crash happened at about 2:40 p.m. as 38-year-old Jeffrey Arseneau was riding his ATV eastbound on the road at a high rate of speed. The car driven by 20-year-old Shane Kanapka turned left into a driveway.

Due to a hill in the road, neither could see each other until it was too late. The ATV struck the car ejecting the driver. The ATV then rolled several times and caught fire.

Arseneau was wearing a helmet, but sustained serious injuries. He was flown to Aspirus Wausau Hospital for treatment. Kanapka had minor injuries from the deployment of the car’s airbags.

Deputies say there was no alcohol involved. The crash remains under investigation.