Authorities identified the man as John Radke and said he was the driver of a vehicle that was northbound on Highway 53 when it struck the trailer of a southbound semi. Radke was pronounced dead at the scene.
His passenger, 41 year old Jeffrey Radke, also of Whitehall, was extricated from the vehicle and taken by the Mayo One helicopter to an Eau Claire hospital. The driver of the semi was identified as 65 year old Jerome Hills of Wahpeton, North Dakota, who was not injured.
The crash was reported at noon Thursday.