Boy, 12, dies in ATV rollover crash in west central Minnesota

It happened in Renville County.
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Authorities are investigating an ATV crash that left a young boy dead in west central Minnesota this weekend. 

It happened Saturday morning in Martinsburg Township, Renville County. The local sheriff says two boys were riding an ATV in a ditch when the vehicle rolled, resulting in the death of 12-year-old Carsten Homan of nearby Hector, Minnesota.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other boy, who has not been identified, was not injured in the accident. 

This may be Minnesota's first reported ATV death of 2021; last year, about two dozen people died riding all-terrain vehicles in the state, according to DNR data. The death toll for 2020 was about double that of the year before

ATV crashes have killed more than 15,000 people since the early 80s, with more than one in five of those deaths suffered by children under 16.

A Reuters report from 2010 found that the vehicles are more deadly than motorcycles, with the American College of Surgeons reporting that ATV riders fare much worse in crashes than motorcycle riders — even when they're wearing helmets. 

Nonetheless, there are steps you can take to ensure a safer ride for you or a child, a number of which can be found right here.

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