Motorcycle/deer collision injures two
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Beltrami County 911 Dispatch Center received a report of a motorcycle crash with injuries on Bass Lake Road NE near the intersection of Big Bass Lake Road NE, which is located approximately 3 miles north of the City of Bemidji in Northern Township and near the eastern border of Bemidji State Park.
The operator of the motorcycle, Pierre Ganger, 63, of rural Bemidji and his passenger, Lucille Granger, age 63, also of rural Bemidji, were injured after the motorcycle they were operating, a 1998 Harley Davidson, collided with a deer that had entered the roadway. Pierre Granger was evacuated from the scene by a North Memorial Helicopter to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. Lucille Granger was transported by Bemidji Ambulance to Sanford Hospital-Bemidji and then later was later airlifted to Sanford Hospital-Fargo for further treatment.
Both the driver and passenger were wearing a helmet and armored riding pants and jackets. Their current condition or extent of their injuries is unknown. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota State Patrol, Bemidji Ambulance, Bemidji Fire Department, North Memorial Air-Med, and North Country First Responders.
As we approach the fall riding season we are reminded that deer and other wild animal movement seem to increase with the shorter and cooler days. Be safe. Be seen. Always wear a helmet when riding.
Ernie Beitel, Chief Deputy Sheriff