Man killed in motorcycle versus farm truck crash near Org
8:49 p.m. update
WORTHINGTON -- A motorcycle versus farm truck crash Thursday morning claimed the life of a Worthington man.
Francisco Javier Granados Borquz, 49, of Worthington, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at approximately 9:50 a.m., at the intersection of 280th Street and Nystrom Avenue near Org.
Borquz was driving a small motorcycle, which was struck by a farm truck driven by John Clifford Van Ede, 38, of Wilmont.
At the scene, pieces of the motorcycle were scattered throughout the gravel road and down into the ditch in front of a residence.
"It involved a farm truck and a little motorcycle," Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening said. "I can't even tell you what kind of motorcycle because it is in so many pieces."
According to Wilkening, the intersection where the crash took place is uncontrolled and fields of tall corn make for poor visibility for cross-traffic.
"The Minnesota State Patrol is helping us, trying to reconstruct what happened," Wilkening stated. "A commercial vehicle inspector was also called to the scene."
Nobles County Chief Deputy Chris Heinrichs said there is one stop sign at the intersection, but authorities are unsure which direction the motorcycle was heading when the crash took place. It appears, Heinrichs said, that the motorcycle went in front of the truck and was hit straight on.
Wilkening said the victim's body was thrown into the ditch after the crash.
WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Sheriff's Office has not yet released the name of a Hispanic male killed at about 10 a.m. Thursday after his motorcycle crashed with a heavy-duty farm truck at the intersection of 280th Street and Nystrom Avenue.
According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, the intersection is uncontrolled and high corn makes visibility poor.
"The Minnesota State Patrol is helping us, trying to reconstruct what happened," Wilkening stated. "A commercial vehicle inspector has also been called to the scene."
Authorities have the name and address of the man killed and are in the process of trying to locate and notify any family members before they will release his identity. Wilkening did say they believed the male was from Worthington but were still trying to determine if the address they had for him was current.
Wilkening said the man's body was thrown into the ditch after the crash, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
"It involved a farm truck and a little motorcycle," Wilkening said. "I can't even tell you what kind of motorcycle because it is in so many pieces."