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Motorcyclist uninjured after being thrown in Springfield crash

SPRINGFIELD — A motorcyclist who crashed into the back of a delivery van was uninjured near Springfield earlier this week, despite not wearing a helmet and being thrown from his motorcycle.

The incident happened at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, at the intersection of state Highway 37 and Airport Road, north of Springfield.

Michael Scheetz, 48, of Springfield, crashed his 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle into the back of a van waiting to make a left turn onto Airport Road, less than a mile north of Springfield.

Matthew Madetzke, 37, of Sioux Falls, was driving a 2000 Chevy Spee-Dee Delivery Service van. South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Hanson said the driver of the Spee-Dee Delivery van was turning to follow the vehicle in front of him -- a construction truck and trailer, which lost a small box that flew from the vehicle.

The van was going about 40 mph, and the motorcycle was going 65 mph before both applied the brakes.

Scheetz was thrown from his motorcycle into the ditch. He was transported to St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall, but was in good condition with a few scrapes, Hanson said.

Madetzke was not injured and was wearing a seat belt. Hanson said no charges are expected.

The Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Department, the Springfield Fire Department and Springfield Ambulance also responded.