Flood Conditions Claim Second Life

UPDATE: Monday, June 16, 2008 --- 1:30 p.m.

According to the Juneau County Sheriff's Office, the operator of the motorcycle, who died on the scene, has been identified as Gregory A. Hachtel from Friendship. The passenger has been identified as Sandra R. Marcelle from Reedsburg.

Monday, June 16, 2008 --- 9:55 a.m.

MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) -- The Juneau County Sheriff's Department says a man is dead after he took his motorcycle on a road closed due to flooding in Lemonweir Township.

Investigators say on Sunday afternoon the driver -- a 43-year-old man from Friendship -- ignored signs that a road was closed due to flood damage and drove around them.

They say he struck a washout and that caused him to lose control.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say his passenger -- a 45-year-old woman from Reedsburg -- was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Names haven't been released pending notification of family.

The crash remains under investigation.

On Saturday, a 68-year-old Waukesha County man died after being stranded on a flooded road. Authorities found his body in at least three feet of water.

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