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7/7/2014 3:43:00 PM
Minnesota woman injured in accident on Hwy. 47
Riding her bicycle along Hwy. 47, she was clipped by a snowmobile trailer
Woodruff Police Chief Lenny Drewsen, left, takes a look at the bicycle involved in an accident Thursday morning that injured a New Brighton, Minn. woman. The accident occurred on State Highway 47 near its junction with Tomahawk Road. Also pictured is Minocqua police officer Toni Haling, who assisted with traffic control.Brian Jopek photograph

Woodruff Police Chief Lenny Drewsen, left, takes a look at the bicycle involved in an accident Thursday morning that injured a New Brighton, Minn. woman. The accident occurred on State Highway 47 near its junction with Tomahawk Road. Also pictured is Minocqua police officer Toni Haling, who assisted with traffic control.

Brian Jopek photograph


Brian Jopek
Reporter


A New Brighton, Minn., woman was injured Thursday morning when she was thrown from the bicycle she was riding on State Highway 47.

Woodruff Police Chief Lenny Drewsen said Luella Branham, 71, was riding northbound on the very edge of the pavement when her bicycle’s handlebar was clipped by a snowmobile trailer being pulled by a northbound Toyota Sequoia driven by Steven Frayer, 31, Rhinelander.

The accident occurred just south of Hwy. 47’s junction with Tomahawk Road. 

Drewsen said Frayer passed Branham doing the speed limit, which is 55 miles per hour where the accident occurred. 

“He just came a hair too close with that trailer,” Drewsen said. “The marks on the shield of the trailer show he [Frayer] just barely, barely clipped her.”

Branham was taken first to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, treated there and then transported elsewhere. 

Brian Jopek may be reached at bjopek@lakelandtimes.com.





Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: Matt Steele

Police Chief Lenny Drewsen said “he just barely, barely clipped her.” Not quite. Wisconsin was the first state to have a law requiring a 3 foot minimum passing clearance. A police chief should know that. Less than 3 feet and you say "He just nearly clipped her." In this case, you say "That irresponsible driver nearly killed her." Big difference.

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: Reuben Collins

I hope Chief Drewson is aware of the state statute that requires motorists to give at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist under any circumstances. I find the quote “He just came a hair too close with that trailer,” a bit off-putting. He was not "a hair too close". He was at least 3 feet too close.

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: Mike Sonn

This was not "an accident", it was a crash - a preventable one at that.

The driver needs to maintain a distance of at least 3 feet while passing a cyclist. If the driver is unable to do this, then they much wait to pass.




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