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Authorities identify man who died in fiery crash on Interstate 29 south of Grand Forks

2 injured in motorcycle accident near Reeder

REEDER - Two motorcycle riders from Winnipeg, Manitoba, were injured in an accident Saturday afternoon near Reeder.

Jeffrey Davidson, 50, was driving a 2002 Harley Davidson on Highway 22 approximately 12 miles south of Reeder when the rear tire blew out, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Davidson, who was not wearing a helmet, lost control as the bike went down on its right side and slid across the highway. He and his passenger, Valerie Bychuk, 61, were thrown from the motorcycle.

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Bychuk was wearing a helmet, according to the release. Both were transported to West River Hospital in Hettinger. Bychuk was later flown to Bismarck for further medical treatment.

Davidson’s motorcycle and trailer sustained about $6,000 worth in damages.

The two were enroute to Fargo from Sturgis, S.D., according to the release.

The crash is under investigation.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.