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Esko man on motorcycle hit by car

A car and motorcycle collided on the morning of Sept. 21 in Esko, according to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office.

Dispatch received a call at about 5 a.m. reporting there was “debris all over the road and a male wearing a reflective jacket was stumbling around between the ditch and the road.”

When deputies responded to the scene they discovered the driver of the motorcycle was alone and had been involved in a crash with a car.

The 44-year-old motorcycle driver is an Esko resident and was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth with head injuries and lacerations.

According to the man’s father, his son was driving home from work when he was struck by the car. He was driving his motorcycle north on Juntunen Road preparing to turn right onto Stillmeadow Road when he was hit from behind by the car. Stillmeadow Road is about one block north of Highway 61 in downtown Esko.

The deputies later found the 29-year-old driver of the car parked some distance from the crash scene, according to the press release. The car had extensive front-end damage. The driver of the car is a Two Harbors resident. He was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet and did not appear to have any life-threatening injuries. The crash is still under investigation.

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