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Worrisome rise in number of fatal Minnesota motorcycle accidents


It's a record that no one wants to see.

The number of motorcycle fatalities in Minnesota for 2015 has again increased. According to the State Patrol, there have been 34 motorcycle deaths this year, compared to 17 at this point last year.

Many fatal crashes involve speeding or some type of driver error. Almost half of the cyclists killed this year were in their 50s, the State Patrol notes.

There were several reports of motorcycle accidents over the weekend, including a motorcyclist who was killed in southwest Minnesota, WCCO reports.

KSTP has a story about a 28-year-old motorcyclist who nearly lost his life Saturday night in an accident in Spicer.

His cycle slammed into a pickup truck that had stopped for a pedestrian crossing Highway 23.

"Besides my guardian angel, my helmet was probably the second thing that saved my life. Sleeping in a bed outside the hospital the same night is pretty remarkable and I would say a miracle." a grateful Micah McQueen told KSTP.

Meanwhile, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader had the story of a Friday fatal crash that occurred on the border of Minnesota and South Dakota that left a 33-year-old Sioux Falls man dead.

Deputies from Pipestone in Minnesota tried to pull over Jeremy Langley for a stop sign violation and exhibition driving, then pursued him when he did not stop, KELO reported. The pursuit covered 11 miles before the deputies ended it one mile east of the state line.

South Dakota officers found Langley and the motorcycle lying in a ditch 500 feet west of the border, reports note. Langley was pronounced dead at the scene.

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