Four Waterloo residents are recovering from injuries in a weekend motorcycle accident involving a deer.


It happened just before 8pm Saturday (Sept. 16), 2 miles west of West Union on Highway 18.

A group of motorcyclists were traveling west, when a deer ran out and struck the front tire of a motorcycle driven by 38-year-old Chad Brickman. The impact caused the cycle to veer into the bath of another motorcycle driven by 35-year-old Benjamin Tickal. Both drivers and their passengers, 36-year-old April Washburn and 35-year-old Katherine Tickal, were thrown off the bikes.

All four sustained critical injuries; they were initially taken to the West Union hospital. Brickman and Washburn were later airlifted to Covenant and Allen Hospitals in Waterloo. There was $7,500 damage to both motorcycles.
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The Fayette County Sheriff reports a couple of weekend traffic accidents involving deer.

On Sunday evening (Sept. 17), a sport utility vehicle driven by 65 year old Paul Burkhalter of Strawberry Point, hit a deer on Cedar Road, north of Wadena. No one was injured, but there was $2,500 in damage.

And Friday evening, a vehicle driven by 25 year old Megan Mohlis of Elgin collided with a deer on Grain Road, northeast of Fayette. No one was injured, but damages to the vehicle were estimated at $5,000.