Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars. Their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they’re more likely to be injured or killed in a crash. The federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2015, the number of deaths on motorcycles was nearly 29 times the number of deaths in cars.
ROSEVILLE TOWNSHIP — Two motorcyclists were killed and two more were seriously injured when a car turned left in front of a group of St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids motorcyclists on Saturday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The state patrol had released basic information about the six people involved Saturday night, but none were named.
The collision happened on Minnesota Highway 23 west of Paynesville about 11:20 a.m. Saturday when a 21-year-old Bricelyn woman driving west on Hwy. 23 attempted a left turn onto 160th Street Northeast near Hawick.
The woman turned into the path of three eastbound motorcycles, according to the State Patrol.
Two motorcycles struck the car in the eastbound lanes. The driver of a third motorcycle laid it down in the road to avoid the collision.
Two people on motorcycles died at the scene. Two other riders were seriously injured and taken to CentraCare Health Paynesville Hospital. One of them was later flown to St. Cloud Hospital.
According to the patrol, the motorcyclists included a 61-year-old Sauk Rapids man with a 38-year-old Sauk Rapids woman as a passenger; a 42-year-old St. Cloud man and a 44-year-old St. Cloud woman were driving the other two motorcycles, according to the patrol’s report.
A 24-year-old man was a passenger in the car. His city of residence was unknown.
The identities of all involved are expected to be released Sunday afternoon.