State Patrol Identifies Motorcyclist Involved in Fatal Crash at St. Croix River Crossing Construction Zone

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The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the motorcyclist who died Sunday night after crashing into a hydraulic lift in the construction zone for the St. Croix River Crossing at Highway 95 and Highway 36.

Edward M. Werbachowski, 39 , of Brooklyn Park, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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.

The other motorcyclist, Christopher L. Ree, 39, of Blaine, was seriously injured.

The crash occurred after the motorcyclists drove into a closed-off construction zone at the St. Croix River Crossing where Werbachowski veered right and hit a hydraulic lift, according to the State Patrol.

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.

According to the State Patrol, alcohol was detected on both motorcyclists, and may have have played a role in the crashes.

The State Patrol is still piecing together exactly what happened, Nielson said. 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 was closed for a couple of hours on Sunday night, but 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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