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Norwegian man heads home after South Dakota crash

- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A deaf and blind Norwegian man who was struck by a car hours into a tandem bicycle ride from South Dakota to Nebraska is preparing to return home.

Harald Vik, 71, has been recovering in a hospital since he and an interpreter were struck by a car in Sioux Falls on Aug. 22 less than four miles into their journey, the Argus Leader reported (http://argusne.ws/YaQHBa ). Vik sustained a broken pelvis and leg and arm injuries in the collision.

Vik, who is an experienced cyclist, will be taken by ambulance to Minneapolis, from where he will fly back to Norway, interpreter Robert Skarsbakk said.

Vik was born deaf and began losing his eyesight at age 10, and he is an advocate for the disabled in his native country. He tandem-biked across the U.S. in 1982 during his first trip to the country, and he has ridden in more than 50 countries.

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