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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 11:35 am | Updated: 7:19 pm, Wed Sep 11, 2013.

MEDFORD — A tire sitting in the middle of the southbound lanes of I-35 in Steele County was the cause of a multi-vehicle accident on Wednesday morning that sent an Iowa man to the hospital.

Nicholas J. Frohling, 53, of Springbrook, Iowa, was driving his 1977 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Interstate 35 when he struck the tire in the roadway, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

After striking the tire, Frohling’s motorcycle slid and rear-ended a 2008 Hyundai Elantra, which was parked on the shoulder of the road. There were multiple vehicles parked on the shoulder with people inspecting their vehicles for damage after hitting the same tire that Frohling struck.

Frohling was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester with non-life threatening injuries, according to the state patrol’s report. Susan B. Kephart, 81, of St. Paul was identified as a passenger in the Hyundai Elantra. She suffered no apparent injuries. The Hyundai received minor damage, according to the report.

Traffic was stopped in the southbound lanes of the interstate while emergency crews worked at the scene. The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. and a lane of traffic opened by 11:30 a.m. While stopped, traffic extended well past the bridge for the Medford exit and people could be seen outside of their cars and standing in the roadway.

Assisting the state patrol at the scene were units from the Owatonna Fire Department, the Medford Fire Department, Gold Cross Ambulance and the Steele County Sheriff’s Office.

Wednesday’s crash was the second injury accident to occur on the Steele Country stretch of I-35 in less than 24 hours. On Tuesday, two people from Little Falls were sent to St. Marys Hospital with serious injuries after a rollover crash occurred in northbound traffic around the intersection of I-35 and Highway 14.

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  • Special Ed posted at 11:05 am on Sat, Sep 14, 2013.

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    Wish Nick a speedy recovery. As you said, some thing are not so easily avoidable, especially on a motorcycle. Not that it would have made any difference in this case but I always double my following distance for motorcycles so they have more room/time to react and never blow past them at high speeds when passing. Actually, I almost never pass them either. I didn't see the jabs you mentioned and guess they've been removed. Good for the OPP. I'm wondering if it was a trailer tire, passenger car tire or semi trailer tire? I've noticed a lot of semi trailer tires on the interstate lately. I don't get down that way (Medford/Owatonna) terribly often but it seems like there's more debris on the road during and after construction and, for some reason, particularly in the fall.
    Hope he's up and riding again real soon.

  • ShanzShack Rescue posted at 7:54 pm on Thu, Sep 12, 2013.

    ShanzShack Rescue Posts: 2

    Excuse me, "two" of you have made jabs. Please be more considerate.

  • ShanzShack Rescue posted at 7:47 pm on Thu, Sep 12, 2013.

    ShanzShack Rescue Posts: 2

    Nick is a dear friend of my husbands. They've been riding together for many years. When vehicles are pulling over quickly to avoid a tire on the road and the bike is behind them, it doesn't give a person much time to avoid it.

    Nick is a seasoned rider with no previous accidents. I see that a few of you have actually ridiculed him. Not cool. Keep your rude remarks to yourself please. We have a loved one who needs our support while he is in great pain and recovering. ~Brian & Shan~


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