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Last Updated: Saturday, June 11, 2005 9:57 PM MDT

Authorities seek motorcyclist involved in crash with truckn
By Jan Kaus, Journal Staff Writer

RAPID CITY The Pennington County Sheriff's Office is looking for information on a motorcycle driver who collided with a semitrailer about 5 p.m. Friday near the Flying J truck stop east of Rapid City.

Deputy Jeff Twite of the sheriff's office said Saturday: "We don't know who drove the motorcycle or where the motorcycle is. He got out of there before any of us got there."

Twite said the driver of the semi, 56-year-old Duane Wiemerslage of Rapid City, had been traveling north on Elk Vale Road.

"He was making a right turn into Excel (Truck and Trailer Repair) when he heard a bump," Twite said. "He stopped, got out and the guy was picking himself up. The truck driver said the cyclist had cuts on his face."

The motorcycle driver asked Wiemerslage not to call the police, Twite said. "But (Wiemerslage) called in right away. Box Elder Fire Department got there first, but the guy and the bike were gone. That guy got up and was out of there quick."

Twite said Wiemerslage thought he saw the bike northbound on Elk Vale Road shortly after the accident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Pennington County Sheriff's Office at 394-2151.

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