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

It's believed dusty road conditions contributed to the crash.
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For the second time in less than a week, an ATV accident has killed someone in Minnesota.

The latest incident happened on Saturday, July 4, in Barnum Township, about 40 miles southwest of Duluth.

According to a news release from the Carlton County sheriff, the victim, a woman in her 40s, was part of a group of ATV riders driving south on a county road late that morning. 

The sheriff says conditions were dry on the gravel road, causing the vehicles to kick up a lot of dust — which in turn prevented the woman from seeing a stop sign at an intersection before it was too late. 

When she attempted to stop, she lost control of her ATV and it rolled on top of her. 

The woman suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted to Essentia Hospital St Mary’s in Duluth, where she died later in the day. 

The release says she was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and that alcohol was not a factor.

Authorities are now investigating the accident. 

This comes just two days after a boy was killed in an ATV crash in Polk County, northwest Minnesota. He had apparently lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree, leading to a fatal rollover. 

So far this year, there have been at least nine fatalities from ATV accidents in Minnesota. 

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