Skip to main content
Publish date:

Alcohol suspected in ATV crashes that left man with life-threatening injuries

The man's ATV was one of two that crashed in Buhl, Minnesota.

A group riding a pair of ATVs together have been hospitalized after crashing both vehicles – one after the other – in northern Minnesota.

One rider suffered life-threatening injuries from the double accident, which happened Saturday afternoon in the town of Buhl. 

St. Louis County authorities say that while they were responding to the first ATV crash – which sent that vehicle flipping end over end, ejecting its two riders – they were alerted to another ATV crash that had happened at the same time a short distance away.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, the two vehicles were riding on surface streets, specifically Memorial Drive, when the first one left the road and flipped.

Immediately afterward, the 25-year-old driver of the second ATV apparently turned around in an attempt to help, but ultimately ended up rolling his vehicle and getting pinned underneath it, the release says.

A 21-year-old man from the first crash had to be airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, and was later transferred to a Twin Cities hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries. 

His current condition, and the exact nature of his wounds, aren't known at this time.

Subscribe: Sign up for our daily newsletters. 

The other two riders, one of them a 19-year-old woman, were taken by ambulance to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say the crashes are under investigation, but added that "speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors for both."

As of September 20, 18 people have died in ATV accidents in Minnesota in 2018, according to DNR statistics. 

Next Up

Alexander Mattison

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on

It's a great time for the Vikings to play the Lions.

covid

Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa

Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.

Sharon Mollerus - duluth - snow plow car

Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals

Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 6.49.03 AM

Saturday snow causes havoc on Twin Cities roads

There were countless spinouts and crashes across Minnesota.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six

Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.

Eric Kendricks

Vikings downgrade Eric Kendricks to out against Lions

The Vikings have also activated Michael Pierce from injured reserve.

u.s. attorney

Minnesotan sentenced after assaulting man with baseball bat

Marshall Wayne Boshey was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Target store

Target's gift card discount is back, but for this weekend only

The fine print: for Target Circle members only (but membership is free).

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.

Related

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Woman dies after rolling her ATV in 4th of July crash

It's believed dusty road conditions contributed to the crash.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Weekend ATV crashes leave two, including young girl, seriously injured

Both victims are said to have life-threatening injuries.

ATV

Sheriff: Alcohol a factor in ATV crash that injured 2 in Pequot Lakes

The two were ejected and then pinned under the ATV.

ambulance

4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

West central Minnesota man airlifted after Saturday ATV crash

The 35-year-old's current condition is not known.