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30-year-old man killed in west-central MN motorcycle crash

Rider deaths have been climbing at a "fast rate" this summer, safety officials have said.

A 30-year-old North Dakota man was killed in a motorcycle crash early Monday morning. 

According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, Douglas Hudson of Wahpeton, North Dakota, was traveling on County Highway 34, about 4 miles west of Perham, when he ran off the road and crashed at 2:41 a.m. 

Officials are still investigating the crash.

The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety says motorcycle fatalities in the state are climbing at a "fast rate" this summer. As of Aug. 4, there have been 33 rider deaths this year, compared to 24 at the same time last year, preliminary data show.  

From January-July of this year, 198 people were killed in traffic crashes, including 48 people in the month of July, which is higher than the 36 people who were killed in traffic-related crashes in the state in July 2019. Of those killed in July this year, 12 were motorcyclists, preliminary monthly data show.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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