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Man injured when struck by semi

TOWN OF PERU – A man pushing a bike along a state highway in Dunn County early Friday evening, January 4 was struck and injured by a passing semi tractor-trailer.

The Dunn County Emergency Communications Center received a call around 6:21 p.m. that evening that a semi had struck a male riding a bicycle on STH 85 about a tenth of mile west of 40th Ave in the Town of Peru.

According to a release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, the initial investigation revealed that the male had been walking east on STH 85 pushing the bicycle and that the semi was also traveling east on the highway when the accident occurred. The man was walking on the edge of the roadway with the flow of traffic and did not have any lights or reflective clothing. The rear reflector of the bicycle was also bent up under the seat, so that it was not visible.

The report stated that as the semi passed the man, he was struck by the trailer. The male was flown to Mayo-Rochester with non-life threatening injuries. The semi driver was Daryl Jordan, 69, of Holcombe and the pedestrian was John V. Murinchack Jr., 46, of New York.

The Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the scene to complete a post crash inspection of the commercial motor vehicle.

The crash remains under investigation by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.