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Two motorcylists injured in separate Pierce County accidents

Two men received injures in separate motorcycle accidents that occurred inside an hour of each other Saturday, May 21 in Pierce County.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reported the 25-year-old Joshua Xiong of Minneapolis, MN lost control of this motorcycle around 11:53 a.m. Saturday, May 21 while driving along Pierce County Highway OO near Ellsworth and crashed just one-tenth of a mile north of 410th Ave.

Then just 51 minutes later, the State Patrol and emergency services were dispatched for another single-occupant motorcycle crash on County Highway O near Pierce County Village of Bay City after Joseph Leslie Miller, 52 of Red Wing, MN also lost control of his motorcycle and crashed a half mile north of State Highway 35.

High rates of speed were contributing factors in both accidents according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Xiong and Miller were both transported by North Memorial Air Ambulances from the accident scenes to Minnesota hospitals with non-life threatening injures. Xiong was flown to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN while Miller was taken to Mayo in Rochester, MN.

The State Patrol said that Xiong was traveling north on CTH OO just north of 410th Ave in Trimbelle Township when he came over the crest of a hill and lost control of his motorcycle due to his speed. Xiong crashed and was ejected from the cycle. Xiong ended up in the north-side ditch while the cycle came to rest in the south ditch. Xiong’s driver’s license was not motorcycle endorsed and the cycle’s registration was expired. The release did not say if Xiong was wearing a helmet when he crashed.

At 12:44 p.m., Joseph Miller crashed his motorcycle in the Town of Diamond Bluff.

Miller was traveling northbound on County Highway O, about a half mile north of State Highway 35, when he came into a corner at too high of a rate of speed which caused him to lose control of the cycle and crash. Miller, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the cycle and received injuries including a significant laceration to his head.

Enforcement actions against both Xiong and Miller are pending the conclusion of the accident investigations, which are still ongoing.

The Wisconsin State Patrol was assisted at both accident scenes by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Ellsworth Fire and EMS, Red Wing EMS and North Memorial Air.