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Victims identified in Rice Lake motorcycle crash

The men were killed when their motorcycles collided with a truck.

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RICE LAKE — Two men riding motorcycles were killed late Thursday following a collision involving a truck.

Jacob Allan Laurion, 42, of the city of Rice Lake, and Steven John Koslucher, 50, of Canosia Township, were riding separate motorcycles and were pronounced dead at the scene, a St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office news release said Friday.

The crash involved a truck driven by a 28-year-old woman, and authorities investigating the crash said there are independent witnesses. According to initial investigation reports from the Minnesota State Patrol and St. Louis County Sheriff's office, there were no signs of impairment or distraction by the driver of the truck.

The truck was traveling west on East Calvary Road, while the motorcyclists were coming from the east. The crash, near the intersection of Fourth Avenue South, took place at a curve in the road, the sheriff’s office said, and was reported at 9:05 p.m. Initial evidence indicates at least one motorcycle had traveled into the oncoming lane.

The Minnesota State Patrol and sheriff’s office are investigating.

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Rice Lake Fire Department, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, University of Minnesota Police and the Duluth Police Department responded and assisted at the scene.

This story was updated at 2:15 p.m. July 1 to add the names of the victims. It was originally posted at 8:27 a.m. July 1.

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