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Harley rider critically injured in crash while avoiding bear in Washington County

The Minnesota man was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
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A Minnesota man riding a motorcycle in Washington County suffered life-threatening injuries when he crashed Tuesday to avoid colliding with a bear that ran onto the road. 

According to the State Patrol, the near-collision happened just before 6:45 p.m. when the 62-year-old Otsego man riding a 1998 Harley-Davidson laid the motorcycle down on Hwy. 95. 

He was traveling south on the highway near 220th St. when the bear ran out in front of him. He lost control and laid down the motorcycle, suffering critical injuries. He was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for treatment. 

The crash happened about a mile northeast of Scandia near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, or about 11 miles east of Forest Lake. 

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