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Motorcyclist Killed In Head-On Collision

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Date: August 16, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
August 16, 2012          12-062    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Motorcyclist Killed In Head-On Collision

A head-on collision late Tuesday afternoon in Yellowstone National Park claimed the life of a motorcyclist from northeast Wyoming.

The accident occurred shortly before 5:00 p.m. between Madison Junction and the Gibbon Falls overlook.

The motorcyclist, 52 year old James Michael Cody of Wright, Wyoming, was declared dead at the scene.

A sport utility vehicle traveling southbound crossed the centerline of the road on a crest of a hill and into the path of three oncoming motorcycles.

Cody, who was in the lead, had no time to react and was struck and killed instantly.

The other riders, who were traveling behind Cody, were able to lay their motorcycles down on their side and avoid colliding with the SUV. The solo rider on one of the motorcycles was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The two people on the other motorcycle were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Preliminary information from the investigation indicates the driver of the SUV may have nodded off momentarily resulting in the SUV crossing the center line and impacting the motorcyclist head-on. The accident remains under investigation.

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