NEW INFORMATION: Bloomer teacher dies in car crash

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BLOOMER, Wis (WEAU) -- Bloomer superintendent, Mary Randall, has confirmed with WEAU that Derek Thompson, a teacher in the Bloomer School District, died in the two-car crash that happened Saturday night in Chippewa County.

"We are deeply saddened by the news of this loss. Bloomer High School staff met today (Sunday) to support each other and to develop plans for the students who will be affected by this loss," says Randall.

Randall says counseling will be made available to students and staff all week.


CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- According to the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, a two-car crash happened Saturday evening in Chippewa County killing one person.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office stated that two cars were traveling in opposite directions on State Highway 64 about a quarter of a mile east of 102nd St. in the township of Bloomer when they collided. One car had five people inside including the driver who died at the scene. The other four were transported by ambulance to a local hospital with unknown injuries. The driver was the only person in the other car and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital as well.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. An investigation is ongoing.

The name of those involved have not been released at this time.

Along with the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, the Bloomer Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Chippewa County Coroner's Office, Bloomer Fire, Bloomer First Responders, the Bloomer Ambulance Service, Cornell Ambulance, and Chippewa Falls EMS were all on the scene.