Bicyclist crossing road on state trail fatally struck by motorist in Blue Earth County

The bicyclist was struck by a pickup driver at a trail crossing east of Madison Lake.
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Sakatah Trail

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A bicyclist died after being struck by a pickup as he crossed a road in south-central Minnesota on Tuesday. 

Sixty-six-year-old Earl Pofahl, of Faribault, was bicycling on the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail when he was struck by the driver of a 2019 Chevy Silverado. The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office reports that Pofahl was crossing County Road 189 when he was hit by the southbound driver. 

Pofahl airlifted from the scene with life-threatening injuries. He died Tuesday evening. 

The driver of the Silverado, a 57-year-old Mankato man, was not injured. 

"The Sakatah Trail crossing of County Road 189 is signed in both directions requiring users of the trail to stop for vehicle traffic," the sheriff's release said. 

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is 39 miles long and goes from Faribault to Mankato. 

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