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Motorcycle crashes outside of River Falls

Staff Report

TOWN OF CLIFTON -- On Tuesday, May 25, 2021 around 1:30 p.m., the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a single-motorcycle accident with injury on County Road F near 770th Avenue in Clifton Township.

Erik Gladden, 50 years old, from Minneapolis, had been operating his 2011 BMW motorcycle southbound on County Road F when a deer ran into the roadway striking Gladden’s motorcycle. Gladden’s motorcycle overturned and he was ejected.

Gladden was transported from the scene by Allina Ambulance service to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with undisclosed injuries.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office was the first to respond to the scene. The Prescott Police Department and Prescott Fire Department came into assistance and helped mend Gladden’s injuries before he was transported to Regions Hospital.

This is the second accident on County Road F in the span of a week. An Afton woman named Ryan Murphy, 40, died in a crash on May 21 on County Road F. Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene when Pierce County Sheriff's officers responded.