TAPPEN, ND – A 53-year-old man from Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, was seriously injured Thursday morning, Sept. 8, after the motorcycle he was riding swept away a tractor-trailer about 6 miles east of TAPPEN, ND. here on Interstate 94, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Lee Wegener was driving a 2006 Suzuki C90 cruiser west in the right lane of I-94 shortly before 9:15 a.m., while Tyler Austin, 58, of Regent, North Dakota, was driving a tractor-trailer Peterbilt 2002 pulling a grain trailer in the left lane of I-94, the patrol said. Patrol said the motorcycle swerved into the left lane as the semi-trailer passed the Suzuki and struck the right outer tire on the first axle of the trailer.
Wegener lost control of the motorcycle, which landed on its left side as it entered the north ditch where it came to rest on its right side. Patrol said Wegener, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle in the crash and suffered serious injuries.
Wegener was airlifted by Medina Ambulance to Sanford AirMed and taken to Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck.
The patrol said the charges against Wegener are being investigated.
Austin was uninjured and was wearing a seat belt.
The Kidder County Sheriff’s Office also attended the scene.