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Associated Press, Published May 01 2009

Edina man decapitated in motorcycle crash in Afton

AFTON, Minn. - An Edina man was decapitated after his motorcycle left the road and hit a pine tree in Afton.

The Washington County sheriff's office identifies the victim as 61-year-old Charles Hugo Aschwanden. They say the accident happened Tuesday evening.

Sgt. Wayne Johnson of the sheriff's office says Aschwanden was wearing a helmet but is believed to have been traveling at an excessive speed.

The State Patrol is investigating the accident.

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