Victim of motorcycle crash near Epping identified

EPPING, N.D. -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a man who was trying to get a motorcycle off railroad tracks near here when he was struck and killed by a train Saturday night.

EPPING, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a man who was trying to get a motorcycle off railroad tracks near here when he was struck and killed by a train Saturday night.

According to the Highway Patrol:

Paul L. Sagaser, 65, was traveling west on County Road 8 about 11:30 P.M. Saturday when he crashed while trying to cross the tracks.

Sagaser was attempting to remove the motorcycle from the crossing, but it's believed the front wheel was stuck between the track and a railroad tie, the patrol said.

The conductor and engineer of an eastbound train approaching the crossing saw the rider trying to get the motorcycle off the tracks, the patrol said.

The train struck Sagaser and the motorcycle, the patrol said. Sagaser died at the scene.