Police say Alcohol Appears to be Factor in North Branch Combine-Motorcycle Crash

October 20, 2017 01:02 PM

North Branch police say alcohol appears to be a factor in a crash that sent a motorcycle driver and passenger to the hospital Thursday night.

The 54-year-old male driver and the 56-year-old female passenger were not wearing helmets when the motorcycle crossing Falcon Avenue struck a combine, according to authorities. The two were unresponsive when first responders arrived at the scene.

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Police identified the two as James Kevin Gervais of North Branch and Denise Marie Ellingworth of Forest Lake Friday afternoon. Gervais is listed in critical condition. Ellingworth is listed in stable condition.

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The accident occurred around 7:13 p.m. on Falcon Avenue North, just south of 386th Street. 

Gervais was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. Ellingworth was taken to Regions Hospital by ambulance. 

The combine driver was not injured. Police continue to investigate the crash.

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