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Cloquet man suffers serious head injury after UTV lands on him

Police say the 56-year-old was not wearing a helmet or a seat belt.

A Cloquet man suffered a serious head injury after crashing the UTV he was driving Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened in the area of Hwy. 53 and Swan Lake Road in New Independence Township at 2:30 p.m., with police called to a report of an overturned UTV.

The victim, a 56-year-old man, was found 1.5 miles east if the Independent rest area on Hwy. 53.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriffs Office: "It appeared the male was executing a u-turn when his UTV overturned, causing him to be ejected and the UTV landed on him.

"The victim was not seatbelted in and was not wearing a helmet."

He suffered a serious head injury as a result of the crash, and was taken to Essentia St. Mary's in Duluth.

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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