A motorcyclist died in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday afternoon after a sport utility vehicle crossed into the wrong lane while traveling on the stretch of road between Gibbon Falls and Madison Junction.

The crash occurred at 5 p.m., taking the life of Wyoming resident  52 year old James Michael Cody. Cody was the lead rider in a group of three motorcycles and did not have time to avoid the oncoming vehicle as it crested a hill.

All of the other  riders were able to lay down their bikes and escaped from the incident without life-threatening injury, although one rider was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

According to Yellowstone Park Spokesman Al Nash the incident is still under investigation, but preliminary findings indicate that the driver of the SUV may have "nodded off."

Interview with Park Spokesman Al Nash: