SIBLEY COUNTY, Minn. - A South Dakota couple riding a motorcycle was killed Saturday afternoon, June 1, in Sibley County when a tractor driving on the same highway lost its trailer, which then struck the pair, according to the State Patrol.
Officials say Marvin Duane Fandrich, 60, and Kathy Lynn Fandrich, 61, both of Aberdeen, S.D., were on a 2016 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited traveling eastbound on Highway 19 in Arlington Township when the 4 p.m. accident occurred.
Curtis Marc Petzel, 60, was driving an International Tractor 1086 with a farm trailer behind it and traveling westbound when the trailer came loose and crossed into the eastbound lane, striking the motorcycle, sending it into the ditch.
The couple was pronounced dead at the scene.
Petzel, of Arlington, Minn., was involved in another fatal crash involving a motorcycle in 2017 on the same highway, according to State Patrol reports.
In the 2017 crash, Petzel was driving a Chevy Silverado pickup on Highway 19 when he rear-ended a Toyota Camry slowing to turn left onto 3rd Street Southeast. The impact caused the Camry to spin into the eastbound lanes of the highway where it was struck by a man driving a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The driver of the motorcycle, Brian Reynold Severin, 59, of Gaylord, Minn., died at the scene. The Toyota driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Petzel was convicted of misdemeanor careless driving in the 2017 crash. He was not injured in either crash.