Drivers injured in two motorcycle crashes

BROOKINGS – The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a pair of Saturday accidents involving motorcycles that resulted in injuries and damages.

Emmanuel Bamba, 40, of Flandreau was injured in one of the accidents, according to Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring in a news release from the sheriff’s office. It occurred at 11:30 a.m. on state Highway 13 near North Drive in Elkton and resulted in an estimated $6,995 damage to Bamba’s 2012 Yamaha XVS950A.

According to witnesses, they observed Bamba lose control of the motorcycle and enter the south ditch of Highway 13, collide with a railroad track embankment and go airborne. The motorcycle then collided with and damaged a chevron sign, coming to a final rest on the opposite side of the railroad tracks. Bamba was taken to Flandreau Hospital to be treated for unknown injuries, according to the release.

Agencies responding to the accident were the sheriff’s office, Elkton Fire Department and Elkton Ambulance

Second crash

The other motorcycle accident injured Jeremy Hagseth, 48, of Estelline, according to the release. It occurred at 1:49 a.m. on 200th Street near 466th Avenue north of Bruce.

Hagseth reported he swerved to miss a deer in the lane of travel and was then sucked into the  ditch, where he was thrown over top the handle bars, Sebring wrote in the release. Hagseth was taken to Brookings Health System by the Brookings Ambulance and was treated for unknown injuries.

Damage to the 2003 Harley Davidson FLSTSI motorcycle is estimated at $2,000. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor, Sebring wrote, and the accident is being investigated by the sheriff’s office.

Agencies responding to the accident were the sheriff’s office, Bruce Fire Department and Brookings Ambulance.