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Minnesota woman hurt when Jet Ski explodes

A Minnesota woman was taken to an area hospital Sunday afternoon after the Jet Ski she was riding exploded. 

Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Ali Verges reports around 2:30 p.m., Scott D. Czaplewski, 50, Eagan, Minn., was northbound on the St. Croix River when his Jet Ski started malfunctioning. Czaplewski refueled the Jet Ski and, after attempting to start the machine, the Jet Ski exploded and propelled Czaplewski and his passenger, Nichole Ashley Montez, 20, S. St. Paul, Minn., into the air.

Czaplewski was uninjured in the explosion. Montez was transported to the River Falls Area Hospital by the River Falls Area Ambulance Service with undetermined injuries.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by the River Falls Fire Department and the Washington County (Minn.) Sheriff’s Office. Verges said the accident remained under investigation early this week.