Alcohol likely a factor in motorcycle death
Authorities believe alcohol played a role in the death of a motorcyclist from Maple Grove. The Minnesota State Patrol says 54-year-old Robert Zirbes was likely intoxicated and was not wearing a helmet when he ran a red light early Saturday and broadsided a car in Brooklyn Park. The 17-year-old driver of the Nissan Altima was not injured. Zirbes was taken to North Memorial Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The State Patrol is investigating.
Woman injured as car collides with moose
One person was injured and a moose was killed after the animal and a car collided on the Iron Range. The crash happened early Saturday on Hwy. 169 in Keewatin. The State Patrol says a Ford Fusion was eastbound on the highway when a moose came out of a ditch and walked in front of the car. The moose died at the scene. The 28-year-old driver of the car wasn't injured, but the car sustained extensive damage. A 28-year-old passenger was hurt, but her injuries were not life-threatening.
Pilot forced to make emergency landing
A small plane traveling from Montevideo, Minn., was forced to make an emergency landing in a Wisconsin field Saturday but both he and a passenger escaped injury. The Dane County Sheriff's Office got a report of a possible plane crash Saturday morning in the town of Berry. The report came in after the plane's pilot indicated he was having engine problems — then lost contact with air traffic controllers. The 30-year-old pilot, who was not identified, was able to land safely in the field.
The Cessna 172 was not damaged, and after the pilot got some fuel, he was able to take off from the field and land safely at Middleton Municipal Airport, about 8 miles away. He and his passenger were traveling from Montevideo to the Madison, Wis., area.