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Motorcycle accident sends two to hospital via Life Link

CLEAR LAKE — On Sunday, October 19 at 11:10 a.m. a crash occurred on Highway 63 approximately 50 feet south of 5th Avenue near Clear Lake.

Before the accident, a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper traveling southbound on Highway 63 near the Polk/St. Croix County line observed a northbound motorcycle traveling in excess of the posted speed.

A radar check of the motorcycle indicated a speed of 73 mph, 18 mph above the speed limit.

Before the officer could initiate a stop, the motorcycle driver began to pass a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer that was just starting to turn left into a private driveway

The cycle struck the turning trailer, which trapped both the cycle operator and his passenger underneath.

The driver, Nicholas C. Farrow (41) and his passenger, Beatrice N. Gonzales, (38) both of Minneapolis were not wearing helmets and sustained serious life threatening injuries. Both were flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul by Life Link.

The driver of the truck, Donald R. Istal and his passenger, Wayne C. Alverman were not injured. Both were wearing seatbelts.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol are currently conducting the investigation. The Clear Lake Fire Department and the Amery Ambulance were also on scene.