Motorcyclist Killed in Crash after Attempt to Avoid Box Truck in Rosemount Identified

September 07, 2017 07:05 AM

The Minnesota State Patrol identified the motorcyclist who died after swerving to avoid a box truck and ultimately crashing with another vehicle in Rosemount Wednesday night.

According to the state patrol, the incident happened at about 7:30 p.m. in the area of Highway 55 and County Road 42.


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The motorcyclist, identified as 57-year-old Clive Jorgensen, on a Yamaha RS was traveling eastbound on Highway 55 when he swerved to avoid a box truck heading westbound and turning southbound onto County Road 42.

Jorgensen then went into a head-on collision with a Chevy Malibu that was traveling westbound on Highway 55 in the bypass lane, according to the state patrol. The Malibu came to a stop in the right ditch and Jorgensen's motorcycle came to rest in the westbound lane.

Jorgensen was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet, according to authorities.

Two people were in the Malibu at the time of the crash; the driver was identified as 73-year-old Ralph Ransom and the passenger was identified as 70-year-old Cheryl Ransom, both of Bloomington. Neither were injured in the crash, according to the state patrol.

The driver of the box truck was identified as 56-year-old Murphy Cantrelle. He was not injured in the crash, according to authorities.

Authorities are working to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash. According to the state patrol, those in the vehicles were wearing their seatbelts.


Rebecca Omastiak

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