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28Motorcyclist killed in head-on collision/md

By Bob Freund

freund@postbulletin.com

WYKOFF — A motorcyclist died Thursday in a head-on crash on Fillmore County Road 5 about one mile north of Wykoff, and a companion biker was injured, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The man’s name has not been released.

The setting sun might have been a factor in the collision, which occurred just after 8 p.m, said Sheriff Daryl Jensen. The sun could have blinded the driver of a northbound sport utility vehicle as it made a left turn off Fillmore 5, Sheriff Daryl Jensen said. The southbound motorcycle and the SUV collided as the SUV made its turn, the sheriff said.

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The driver of a second motorcycle following the victim’s also was injured. The companion biker laid that motorcycle down on the road after seeing the crash, the sheriff’s office said.

An accident reconstruction team from the Minnesota State Patrol is helping Fillmore County in the investigation.

There have been eight fatal crashes in Fillmore County this spring and summer, as well as an off-road farm accident and a death during the hitching of a trailer.

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