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Stearns County motorcycle accident injures 2

PAYNESVILLE - Two people riding a motorcycle were seriously injured early Saturday near Paynesville.

Jeremy D. Hoffenkamp, 28, of Atwater, was driving a motorcycle south on state Highway 4 near 220th Street in Stearns County with Chelsey D. Nielson, 21, of Elk River as a passenger, according to a State Patrol release.

The rear tire of the motorcycle went flat causing Hoffenkamp to lose control. The bike and both riders went down and skidded into the ditch.

Hoffenkamp and Nielson suffered serious injuries and were air lifted to trauma centers.