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.