4 People Seriously Hurt in 3 ATV Crashes in 1 Northern MN County
Walker, MN (KROC-AM News) - 2 children were among the four people who were airlifted to hospitals with serious injuries following three separate ATV crashes in northern Minnesota's Cass County over the long Memorial Day Holiday weekend.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office says one of the crash victims was a 3-year-old boy who was riding on the back of an ATV operated by a 42-year-old Shakopee woman. The incident was reported around 6 PM Sunday on a rural property near Hackensack. Both the woman and the child were thrown off the ATV when it suddenly accelerated and crashed into a tree and then bounced off other trees. A news release says they were transported to a hospital in the Twin Cities.
Around the same time Sunday evening, a 56-year-old man from Sleepy Eye was driving an ATV near Backus when he lost control and the off-road vehicle rolled into a partially water-filled ditch. After being treated at the scene, the Cass County Sheriff's Office says the man was flown to a hospital in Fargo for further treatment.
A medical helicopter was also called into service Saturday morning following a serious injury ATV crash near the town of Boy River. Cass County officials reported a 15-year-old boy from Little Canada lost control of an ATV and crashed into some trees. He was taken to a Twin Cities hospital. Sheriff Tom Burch indicated speed appeared to be a contributing factor in that crash.