Incident Type: Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
Date and Time of Occurrence: 08-04-20 at 3:24 pm
Location: Sakatah Trail Crossing of Co Road 189 – East of Madison Lake
On Tuesday, August 4th deputies were dispatched to the Sakatah Trail crossing of Blue Earth County Road 189 east of Madison Lake for a personal injury accident involving a bicycle rider. A pickup truck heading south on County Road 189 collided with a bicycle rider crossing the road heading west.
The driver of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado was uninjured and identified as 57-year-old Sean Baggott of Mankato. The bicycle rider sustained life-threatening injuries and was identified as 66-year-old Earl Pofahl of Faribault. Earl Pofahl was airlifted from the scene but died later on that evening.
The Sakatah Trail crossing of County Road 189 is signed in both directions requiring users of the trail to stop for vehicle traffic. The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol.