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Motorcyclist dies after hitting deer near Princeton

The state patrol says the collision with the deer set off a chain of events that ended with the rider being struck by a trailer, and then a semi.
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PRINCETON, Minn. — The state patrol says a Princeton man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding struck a deer, throwing him to the pavement where he was hit by a passing motorist. 

Troopers say it happened just before 2:45 a.m. on Highway 95 in Princeton Township Tuesday. The State Patrol website says the motorcyclist was heading east when he hit the deer, causing the 2015 Harley Davidson to overturn and slide. The rider was thrown into the westbound lane, where a 74-year-old North Branch man was pulling a trailer with his pickup. The truck driver swerved, and the motorcyclist was hit by the trailer.

Investigators say a westbound semi truck rolled up on the scene and also struck the motorcyclist, who did not survive. Authorities have not released his name. 

The Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office and Princeton police are assisting with the investigation into the fatal incident. 

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