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Minnesota trooper hurt on way to motorcycle crash that injured five in Becker County

BECKER COUNTY, Minn. - A state trooper was hurt Saturday afternoon when his squad car went off the road while he was driving to a crash scene near Bad Medicine Lake that left five people injured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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BECKER COUNTY, Minn. – A state trooper was hurt Saturday afternoon when his squad car went off the road while he was driving to a crash scene near Bad Medicine Lake that left five people injured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The trooper's injuries and those of the other five people were not life-threatening, the patrol said.
The crash near Bad Medicine Lake, which involved three motorcycles, occurred about 3:45 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 113 in Becker County.
A Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Jon Berg, 59, of East Grand Forks, Minn., was traveling east. Two Kawasaki motorcycles were heading west, when the Harley crossed the center line and sideswiped the Kawasaki driven by Randal Griess, 61, of Park Rapids, Minn., the patrol said.
The Harley then crashed head-on into the second Kawasaki driven by Robert Natzel, 69 , of Park Rapids, the patrol said.
Griess’ passenger was Lori Griess, 57, of Park Rapids, and Natzel’s passenger was Sharon Natzel, 63, of Park Rapids. The Natzels and Griesses, along with Berg, were all hospitalized to be treated for their injuries, the patrol said.
While driving to that crash scene, the trooper, who wasn't identified, went off the road about 4:30 p.m. near County Road 37 and County Road 26, west of Ponsford, Minn., the patrol said.

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