MANTORVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) — A Mantorville man riding a bicycle was struck by a tanker truck and killed Wednesday morning.
Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said investigators believe that Darrel Faulkner, 81, had been riding his bicycle in the area of 3rd Street and Walnut in Mantorville when he was run over by a water tanker truck owned by Elcor Construction just before 7:30 a.m. The truck had been watering new sod along the roadway at the time.
“At some point, the truck made contact with Faulkner who went down on his bicycle and got caught up underneath the truck resulting in his getting run over by the truck and killed,” said Sheriff Rose, in a statement to news organizations. “The driver reported he never saw the bicyclist before the incident.”
Sheriff Rose said charges are not expected to be filed against the truck driver at this point in time.
Elcor Construction had been doing road work in that neighborhood of Mantorville, according to the sheriff. The Minnesota State Patrol was on the scene reconstructing what happened and inspecting the tanker truck. Sheriff Rose said the Olmsted County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted at the scene, along with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Chaplains.
(An earlier version of this story appears below.)
MANTORVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) — Eyewitnesses in a neighborhood of Mantorville are telling KTTC that a man was struck and killed this morning after being struck by a tanker truck.
Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies and Minnesota State Patrol troopers cleared the scene at about 10:30 a.m. The accident had closed 3rd Street from West Street to Walnut Street.
A Mayo Clinic nurse who witnessed the immediate aftermath told KTTC’s Kilat Fitzgerald that the man is dead. One neighbor who lives in-between those intersections said the man was struck at about 7:30 this morning by a tanker truck owned by Elcor Construction.
Residents have said that the victim was known to frequently ride an electric bicycle through the area. They believed that the mud on the shoulder of the street may have caused him to fall in front of the truck but that has not yet been confirmed by authorities.