ONEIDA, Wis. (WBAY) – A 13-year-old Seymour boy is dead after a van carrying five teenage boys flipped in a rural area of Oneida on Halloween night. Outagamie County officials identified the teen as Braxton Kasee, and say he was flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, where he died.
The minivan was the only vehicle involved in the crash off Bain Road at about 10 o’clock Monday night.
The minivan was traveling west on Bain Road when the driver, an 18-year-old, lost control near County Highway U, rolled, and hit the utility pole.
Four other teenagers, all males, were transported by ambulance. They’ve all been released from the hospital. The sheriff’s office says they’re all from Seymour.
The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office says everyone in the van wore a seat belt, and investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors, but why the driver lost control remains under investigation.
“They failed to stop at a stop sign. We still have investigators out right now going through evidence, interviewing the occupants and witnesses, and we’re trying to figure out what the actual cause of the accident was that caused them to roll and hit the power pole,” Ssgt. Ryan Carpenter of the sheriff’s office said.
He added, “When you have a traffic crash that involves a fatality it’s a very difficult and sad situation every time, but when it’s something involving a group of teens and a teenager that’s killed it’s even more so.”
Action 2 News has learned a Town of Oneida firefighter who responded to the scene suffered chest pains and died. Fire Chief Chet Olson says the 65-year-old firefighter complained of feeling ill while setting up a landing zone for the medical helicopter, and was pronounced dead after being transported to a Green Bay hospital.
He’s been identified as John C. Brocker by the U.S. Fire Administration, which lists the cause of death as a heart attack by stress/overexertion.
The fire chief says it was a line of duty death.
“This tragedy coupled with the tragic outcome of the incident which brought our fire department to the scene weighs heavily on us as an organization and community,” Olson wrote. “We ask that you please keep the family of our fallen brother and the rest of the Oneida Fire Department and community in your thoughts as we navigate these difficult times.”
Electricity was temporarily knocked out in the surrounding area after the SUV hit the power pole. Wisconsin Public Service was on scene until early Tuesday morning.
Outagamie and Brown County sheriff’s departments, and Oneida, Hobart-Lawrence, and Seymour emergency personnel all responded to the scene.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up for Braxton’s family.