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West central Minnesota man airlifted after Saturday ATV crash

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

A 35-year-old man had to be airlifted to a hospital following an ATV crash in west central Minnesota this weekend. 

The unidentified man, who is from Atwater, was thrown from his Polaris four-wheeler when the vehicle rolled over near Gennessee Township on Saturday afternoon, according to a release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

He was traveling westbound on 15th Ave SE about a mile east of County Road 4 when he lost control:

The man's friends found him "unconscious and lying on the shoulder"; he was subsequently taken to Rice Memorial Hospital and then flown to St Cloud Hospital by helicopter.

His current condition is not known. 

There have been at least six ATV injuries in Minnesota so far this year, and at least three deaths associated with the vehicles.

According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, 93,800 Americans a year are injured in ATV accidents, which are also responsible for 500-600 deaths in the U.S. annually. 

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