On Sunday afternoon, Columbia County Sheriff responded to reports of a vehicle crash on Hwy 60 near Hanneman Rd in the town of West Point. One motorist was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident involved a motorcycle and a tractor pulling a gravity box filled with corn. The operator of the tractor received no injuries, but the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Initial investigation indicates that neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the crash.The motorist’s name is not being released at this time, pending notification of the family.
Emergency responders from the Lodi Police Department, State Patrol, Lodi and Sauk Prarie fire departments, Lodi EMS and UW Med Flight assisted at the scene. Hwy 60 was shut down for several hours while the scene was investigated and cleaned up.
In a public statement about the incident, Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner said:
During the current harvest season, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind individuals operating farm equipment and the motoring public to use caution when traveling along our area roadways. Large numbers of heavy farm machinery are being operated on our roadways to finish the harvest. Please be patient and follow the rules of the roadway to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get home safely.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.