MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Pine County man is hospitalized after hitting a black bear on Interstate 35 near Pine City late Friday afternoon.
The Minnesota State Patrol says 48-year-old Edmund Hanson, of Brook Park, was driving on I-35 when a black bear stepped out onto the highway.READ MORE: Police: 15-Year-Old Carjacking Suspect Arrested In St. Paul
Hanson struck the bear and flew off the bike. He was wearing full protective gear but is in critical condition. Hanson was airlifted to an area hospital.READ MORE: 1 Killed In Acton Township Shooting
The small black bear was killed in the accident. Black bears are common in the area.MORE NEWS: Heat From Fire Caused Loaded Gun To Discharge, Injuring Wisconsin Firefighter
The state patrol is investigating.