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Three injured in 2 Pierce County motorcycle crashes

Three people were hospitalized Saturday in two separate Pierce County motorcycle crashes.

The first crash left 36-year-old Ellsworth resident Eric S. Gilbertson and his passenger, 30-year-old Danielle R. Gilbertson, injured after the motorcycle they were on crashed on County Road UU and 100th Avenue in the town of Maiden Rock.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the crash, reported at 3:12 p.m., occurred while Eric Gilbertson was negotiating a curve and his 2005 Harley-Davidson went off the road. Both occupants of the motorcycle were taken to Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing by Plum City/Maiden Rock ambulance.

The release did not document the extent of either rider’s injuries.

The second crash occurred at 6:22 p.m. on Highway 35 at 945th Street in the town of Diamond Bluff, where motorcyclist Mark Hawkinson collided with a deer. According to the sheriff’s office, the 69-year-old from Lauderdale, Minn., was northbound on the highway when the deer entered the roadway and struck Hawkinson’s 1998 Honda motorcycle.

Deputies said Hawkinson was complaining of a leg injury after the crash. He was also taken to Mayo-Red Wing for undisclosed injuries.

Red Wing EMS and Ellsworth first responders assisted deputies on the scene of the second crash.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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