Williston, ND (KEYZ) The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the two men killed in two separate motorcycle accidents Saturday afternoon and evening; north of Watford City, the second near Epping.
First is 65-year-old Paul L. Sagaser, killed when a train collided into him and his bike which was stuck in rail tracks about a mile and a half outside Epping. The other man killed in McKenzie county is identified as 49-year-old Dana O’Dell of Williston. Details of both crashes are below in the original story.
Two horrific and fatal motorcycle crashes to tell you about — the latest of which occurred Saturday night at about 11:30 PM, on Williams County Road 8 about a mile and a half east of Epping.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports a 66-year-old Epping man was struck and killed by an oncoming train after his 1979 Harley Davidson got stuck on the tracks. The rider was attempting to cross the tracks which ran at an angle on the roadway, when his tires became stuck between the track and a railroad tie. As he wrestled with the bike to try and break it free, an east bound train approached fast. The conductor tells the NDHP that he observed the man and bike, and simultaneously blew his horns and tried to stop the locomotive to no avail. Both rider and motorcycle were struck by the train. The rider, who was killed on the spot, has not been publicly identified.
Earlier Saturday in McKenzie County, a 49-year-old unidentified Williston man is killed after loosing control of his motorcycle Saturday afternoon on 35th Street NW about eight miles north of Watford City.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the man on his Harley Davidson was riding westbound on 35th, at about 4:39 pm, when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, and crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic. He proceeded off of the roadway about 250 feet before striking a wire fence. The sudden stop sent the man off his bike and he was killed instantly.