Southbound Highway 95 Re-opens Following Fatal Motorcyle Crash

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Southbound Highway 95 was shut down for a couple of hours Sunday night after a fatal motorcycle crash at the St. Croix River Crossing construction site at Highway 36.

Two motorcyclists were riding together on southbound Highway 95 before driving into the St. Croix River Crossing construction zone where the crashes occurred Sunday evening, Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson said.

One motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene, Nielson said. The other motorcyclist, Christopher L. Ree, 39, of Blaine, was seriously injured.

The name of the motorcyclist who died is not being released until family is notified.

The crash occurred after the motorcyclists drove into a closed-off construction zone at the St. Croix River Crossing where one of them veered right and hit a hydraulic lift, according to the State Patrol. The motorcyclist who struck the hydraulic lift died at the scene.

Ree drove his motorcycle off of southbound Highway 95 into the construction area, where he laid the motorcycle down, according to the State Patrol. Ree was taken to Regions Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

The State Patrol is still trying to piece together exactly what happened, Nielson said. It is believed both motorcyclists were riding together at the time of the crash.

Following news of the crash, Stillwater Current’s Facebook post about the incident lit up with comments about the signage and confusing traffic patterns in the construction zone on Highway 95 near the bridge site.

“How the motorcyclists ended up in that area will be one of the questions we hope to be able to answer as part of the investigation,” Nielson said.

Another part of the investigation will involve looking into the signage in the area.

Highway 95 re-opened at 10:30 p.m.

The Bayport, Oak Park Heights and Stillwater police departments, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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