Vermillion man killed in motorcycle accident

Vermillion man killed in motorcycle accident by David Lias A Vermillion man was killed early Thursday afternoon, July 10, when his motorcycle was struck by a trailer on the Vermillion River bridge on Highway 50 west of the city.

Dean Korslund, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been traveling westbound on the Highway 50 business loop when the accident occurred.

Mark Bottolfson, 39, of rural Vermillion, was towing a trailer and heading eastbound when the trailer became unhooked.

It veered into the oncoming lane, colliding with Korslund.

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After the collision, the motorcycle rested on its side against the bridge before starting on fire.

The two men were the only persons with either vehicle, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. However, both the pickup and the motorcycle were followed by other vehicles. A semi driver who was following Korslund used his fire extinguisher to put out the motorcycle's flames.

The accident site was shut down for about 90 minutes and traffic was detoured.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office was notified of the accident at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday.

Units from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Vermillion Police Department, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Vermillion/Clay County Fire, Ambulance and Rescue responded to the scene.

Alcohol, excessive speed and weather conditions were apparently not factors in the accident, according to the Highway Patrol.

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