Sturgis Rally is fatality free

Sturgis Rally is fatality free

Sturgis Rally is fatality free

While the thousands of motorcycles that swamp Sturgis, South Dakota every year started showing up for this year's rumble yesterday, the shebang reaches "whole" status this morning.

The Highway Patrol says 49-year-old Robert Center, of Pekin, Illinois, lost control of his bike on a curve on a Pennington County road and hit a guard rail near Rochford. Five of the seven crashes involved motorcycles, and no fatalities were reported.

Those figures rise in the weeks before, during and after the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Numerous riders are from Nebraska, including some from as far as Omaha and Lincoln.

And while the Sturgis Police Department and Meade County Sheriff's Office has seen a drop in numbers compared to past year, the Highway Patrol is staying steady with the 75th.

As far as the vendors who flock to the city for the rally in buildings and streets throughout the town, Christina Steele, a public information officers for the city, said there were 699 temporary vending permits compared to 873 a year ago. With Sturgis only about 30 miles from the state line, many of those riders and travelers will pass through Wyoming.

On Thursday, signs read, "Stay vertical all the way to Sturgis".

The City of Riders is already booming with bikers.

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