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One injured when watercraft explodes

A South St. Paul woman was injured Sunday afternoon after the personal watercraft she was a passenger on exploded on the St. Croix River.

Nichole Ashely Montez, 20, was propelled into the air by the explosion along with operator Scott D. Czaplewski, 50, of Eagan, Minnesota, following a machine malfunction, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Czaplewski re-fuled the watercraft and attempted to start it when the incident occurred.

Montez was transported to River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries; Czaplewski did not require medical attention.

The sheriff’s department is investigating.

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