Harley riders crash in northern Minnesota, one dies

It happened on Hwy. 210 in Crow Wing County.
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A pair of Harley Davidson riders collided when one broke sharply and was rear-ended by the other, who then died.

The incident on Hwy. 210 in Crow Wing County, east of the Brainerd Lakes area, happened at 7:33 p.m. on Friday evening near the intersection with County Road 12.

It led to the death of 55-year-old Frank Westerlund, of Grand Rapids, who was riding a Harley Davidson Road Glide behind his fellow Harley owner, a 63-year-old man also from Grand Rapids.

The 63 year old, who was riding a Harley Road Street, braked hard while eastbound on 210 and was rear-ended by Westerlund, who died as a result of the crash.

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Both riders had alcohol involved in their system when the crash happened, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

It was one of two fatal crashes reported in Minnesota Friday evening.

The other happened at Hwy. 4 and County Road 16 in Meeker County, when a westbound Dodge Caravan driven by a man who had consumed alcohol ran a stop sign and was hit by a southbound semi truck.

One of the passengers, 57-year-old Steven Schmidt, of Atwater, died in the collision. He was the only person out of three in the vehicle not wearing a seatbelt, the State Patrol notes.

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