1 dead, 2 seriously injured in separate ATV crashes over holiday weekend

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in at least one of the crashes.
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One person was killed and two others were injured in two separate ATV crashes over the long holiday weekend.

The first happened in Itasca County Saturday, on a rural forestry road just south of Bigfork, the Duluth News Tribune says.

Jason Lee Schultz, 32, was found dead at the scene when first responders arrived. He was not wearing a helmet, WDIO notes, and it's unclear if alcohol was a factor.

The second crash occurred just after 6 p.m. Sunday evening near Backus, in the Spider Lake Recreation Area of the Foothills State Forest.

Two women, aged 19 and 20, were riding on an ATV together when it flipped, landing on the two women, the Cass County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The 19-year-old driver was flown to a St. Cloud area hospital, while the 20-year-old passenger was taken to a Brainerd hospital. Both suffered serious injuries.

The sheriff's office says alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Through May 21, 2019, the DNR had recorded just one ATV-related death, a May 11 crash in Itasca County that killed a 21-year-old. In 2018 there were a total of 21 ATV fatalities (as well as two off highway motorcycle deaths), with the majority occurring from May through October.

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