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Pair of ducks causes 2-vehicle accident


TOWNSHIP OF BYRON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Monroe County Sheriff, Peter Quirin, is blaming a couple of ducks for a two-vehicle crash in the Township of Byron. 

On April 7th, 2013 at approximately 5:43 PM the Monroe County 911 dispatch center received a call of a motorcycle crash located on CTH ET and Fortune Road in the Township of Byron. Sixty-four year old Martin Waltemath of Tomah was driving a 2008 BMW motorcycle westbound on CTH ET.  He slowed to avoid striking two ducks that were crossing the highway.

Waltemath was being following by 65-year old Brent Retzlaff, also of Tomah, on his 2004 Kawasaki Motorcycle. Retzlaff did not see Waltemath slowing for the ducks and hit the rear of Waltemath. 

Retzlaff lost control and tipped his motorcycle on its side in the middle of CTH ET, Waltemath also lost control of his motorcycle and went off the south side of the road and ended up in a water filled ditch. 

Retzlaff received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Tomah Area Ambulance Service to Tomah Memorial Hospital.  Waltemath also received non-life threatening injuries and sought medical attention on his own. 

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department was assisted at the scene by the Oakdale First Responders, Oakdale / La Grange Fire Department, Tomah Area Rescue Techs and Tomah Area Ambulance service.     

The crash remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

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