One person died and another was airlifted to the hospital after an ATV took a corner too fast and flipped multiple times in east-central Minnesota.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday in Finlayson, along Michaelson Road, the Pine County Sheriff's Office said. The woman who was injured was a passenger, and told deputies the man driving didn't slow down for the turn at Pine Lake Road. They crashed, rolling multiple times.
After the crash, she said the man was breathing – she called friends at a nearby cabin to come help, according to the sheriff's office. They came and took both the man and woman back to the cabin.
But once there, they realized he wasn't breathing.
They began CPR and called 911, but the man died. His name hasn't been released, as family are being notified. The woman meanwhile was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital.
The sheriff's office said alcohol and speeding appear to be factors, based on witness statements.
ATV fatalities in Minnesota
Eighteen people died in ATV and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) crashes last year, according to the Minnesota DNR. Alcohol was determined to be a factor in four of them.
In most of these incidents, the person who died was involved in a rollover or was thrown from the vehicle.
From 2003-2016 there were 3,922 ATV crashes in Minnesota (including some fatalities), DNR statistics show. Of those, St. Louis County saw the most incidents, totaling 397, followed by Itasca County with 177, and Cass County with 166 crashes.
The DNR recommends safety training for anyone riding an off-highway vehicle, and notes safety training is required for ATV riders who are born after July 1, 1987, and OHM riders under the age of 16.