GRAND MEADOW -- A Fairfax, Minn., man suffered life-threatening injuries Saturday, Sept. 18, while driving on Minnesota Highway 16 east of Grand Meadow.

Tanar Wayne Haala, 47, was driving a 2021 Indian motorcycle westbound on Highway 16 at 6:34 p.m. when the rear tire blew out, throwing him and his passenger, Rachel Leeann Kuphal, 32, of Pipestone, Minn., from the motorcycle, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.

Kuphal sustained non-life threatening injuries and both riders were taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys campus.

The Mower County Sheriff's Office, Grand Meadow Police Department and ambulance, and Mayo's medical helicopter responded to the scene.

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