A snowmobiler was found unconscious and unresponsive from a crash in central Minnesota on Thursday afternoon.
According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, a 32-year-old Clearwater man was driving a 2018 Polaris 600 on a snowmobile trail approximately one mile north of Clearwater when he lost control and crashed around 5:40 p.m.
The man was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital by North Memorial Helicopter, where he was in stable condition in a medically induced coma, according to the sheriff's office.
There are 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Minnesota, in addition to the lakes and ditches outdoor enthusiasts enjoy. To be as safe as possible, the DNR recommends:
- Stay on marked trails.
- Don't drink and drive.
- Watch your speed.
- Be careful on ice.
- Take a snowmobile safety course.
Alcohol is among the leading factors in snowmobile crashes, and contributes to about 60 percent of all fatal crashes, according to the DNR. The other leading cause of crashes is speeding, which leads to many serious and fatal accidents as riders lose control or strike objects.