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Minnesota woman, 62, dies in motorcycle crash with van

BEMIDJI TOWNSHIP, Minn. -- A Bemidji woman was killed Wednesday evening after the motorcycle she was driving was hit by a van.

According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Vicki Inkel, 62, was driving a motorcycle north on Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast at about 5:09 p.m. when she was struck by a cargo van traveling east on 23rd Street Southeast.

The driver of the van was identified as Thomas Kern, 54, of Bemidji. He was not hurt.

Inkel died at the scene, the release said.

The crash is under investigation, but alcohol and electronics were not factors, according to the sheriff’s office. The Minnesota State Patrol is helping the office reconstruct the crash.

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