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UPDATE: 81-year-old man struck and killed by tanker truck in Mantorville

MANTORVILLE, Minn. (FOX 47) — 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.  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.)

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MANTORVILLE, Minn. (FOX 47) — Eyewitnesses in a Mantorville neighborhood are telling FOX 47 that a man was 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 FOX 47’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.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He’s a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine.

After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester.

Email Noel at nsederstrom@kttc.com

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