Man Found Dead After Car Sunk into Pond

By KBJR News 1

Man Found Dead After Car Sunk into Pond

April 20, 2012 Updated Apr 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM CDT

Orienta, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- One man is dead after authorities found his car submerged in a pond in the town of Orienta, WI, just a few miles west of Port Wing.

Around 4pm, the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a one car rollover accident on Hautala Road.

A preliminary investigation revealed that either on the night of Wednesday April 18th or the early morning of Thursday April 19th, Dale Middleman, 39, of the Iron River and Hayward Area was driving his car eastbound on Hautala Road when his car crossed the center line and drove off the road. The car struck a culvert and embankment when it overturned and sunk into a small pond.

Middleman was found deceased inside the vehicle when it was pulled from the water.

The accident remains under investigation by the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office.

Assisting at the accident were the Port Wing Fire Department, South Shore Ambulance Service and the Town of Orienta road department.

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