Motorcyclist killed in chain-reaction crash north of Twin Cities

It happened on Hwy. 95 just west of North Branch.
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Hwy. 95 at 392nd St. near North Branch. 

Hwy. 95 at 392nd St. near North Branch. 

One person is dead following a four-vehicle crash near North Branch Tuesday afternoon. 

A crash report from the Minnesota State Patrol says the deadly accident happened around 3:45 p.m. on Hwy. 95 near 392nd St.

The incident began in the westbound lane of Hwy. 95 when a Dodge Ram rear-ended a Chevy Cruze, sending the car into the eastbound lane of traffic where it collided with a motorcycle. The Ram then crashed into a westbound Honda Fit that was waiting to turn left at 392nd St. 

The motorcyclist was killed, and has been identified as Larry Micheal Cooper, 58, of North Branch. He was riding a 1989 Honda CBR 300 and was wearing a helmet. 

None of the other drivers suffered injuries that required treatment at a hospital. 

The driver of the Dodge Ram was a 23-year-old man from Cambridge, while the other drivers included a 57-year-old Stanchfield man and a 62-year-old North Branch man. 

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. 

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