Five injured — two seriously — in crash of pickup, two motorcycles in Buffalo County
TOWNSHIP OF NELSON, Wis. (WKBT) — Two people suffered substantial injuries and three sustained minor injuries when a pickup crossed the centerline and hit two motorcycles at about 5 p.m. Saturday on State Hwy. 35 in Nelson Township, according to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department.
Richard J. Allemann, 52, of Cochrane, Wis., was driving a 2017 Toyota 4-Runner when he fell asleep at the wheel, drifted across the centerline and struck a 2020 Harley-Davidson driven by Andrew R. Petrenko, 30, of Fox Lake, Ill., and a 2016 Harley driven by Jonathan S. Brady, 28, of Ingleside, Ill., at the intersection with State Hwy. 25, according to a sheriff’s department news release issued Tuesday.
The motorcycles landed in the grass median, while the Toyota ended up in the northbound lane facing south.
Brady and his passenger, Marissa M. Grant, 24, of Antioch, Ill., suffered substantial injuries and were flown in Mayo Clinic Health System helicopters to Mayo in Rochester, Minn.
Petrenko suffered minor injuries but was able to drive his motorcycle from the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
Allemann and his passenger, Andrew Arthur Alleman, 25, of Cochrane, had suspected minor injuries and obtained a ride from the scene.
Assisting the Buffalo deputies besides the Mayo helicopter crews were members of the the Nelson Fire Department, Alma Ambulance and the Pepin County Sheriff’s Department.
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