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Two snowmobilers found severely injured and unconscious near Brainerd Sunday

Two men suffered severe injuries when their snowmobiles collided east of Brainerd Sunday afternoon.

It’s a crash where much of the information remained unknown after the victims were discovered.

Both men were found unconscious with heavily damaged snowmobiles. It’s unknown how long the men were there before the crash was reported.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s office responded to the crash at 3:02 p.m. in an open field off County Road 142. The field is near a designated snowmobile trail by the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport and the Crow Wing County Highway Department building.

The Brainerd Fire Department used a four-wheel track vehicle to reach the men. At the scene it was initially unknown if the men were riding together or if they happened upon each other with one possibly coming out of the woods and the other possibly from the field.

The sheriff’s department reported the snowmobiles were driven by a 47-year-old Burnsville man and a 52-year-old Eden Prairie man.

One of the men was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. The second man was taken by ground ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.

Both men were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Their names were withheld to allow authorities to notify their families.

Assisting at the scene were the Brainerd Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and North Memorial Ambulance.

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