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Motorcyclist killed after colliding with vehicle

EMILY--A 63-year-old Fifty Lakes man was killed in a motorcycle crash on Memorial Day. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office was called about 6:11 p.m. Monday, May 28, to Crow Wing County Highway 1 near Buchite Road, west of Emily. Emergency pers...

EMILY-A 63-year-old Fifty Lakes man was killed in a motorcycle crash on Memorial Day.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office was called about 6:11 p.m. Monday, May 28, to Crow Wing County Highway 1 near Buchite Road, west of Emily. Emergency personnel responded to a report of a crash involving a GMC Yukon and a motorcycle. The operator of the motorcycle, a 63-year-old Fifty Lakes man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the man is being withheld pending notification of family.

The passenger, a 26-year-old Isanti woman, on the motorcycle was transported by air ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. The driver of the Yukon, Thomas Banttari, 59, Columbus, was not injured. Reports indicate the motorcycle was traveling west on County Highway 1 when it drove into the eastbound lane and was struck by the vehicle driving east on County Highway 1.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the Emily Police Department, Emily First Responders, Emily Fire Department, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Ambulance, North Memorial Air Care and the Minnesota State Patrol.

The crash remains under investigation.

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