2 Cass County snowmobile crashes result in fatality, serious injury

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting the fatal crash at 4:55 p.m. Saturday on 72nd Street Southwest in Byron Township near Staples.

Cass County Sheriff
Cass County Sheriff's Office.
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WALKER — Two snowmobile crashes Saturday, Feb. 4, in Cass County resulted in a fatality and a serious injury.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported a 65-year-old Staples man died after the track on the 2007 Yamaha snowmobile he rode became dislodged, causing the machine to crash and man to be ejected.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting the crash at 4:55 p.m. Saturday on 72nd Street Southwest in Byron Township near Staples. Deputies and responders arrived on the scene and found family and bystanders performing CPR on the victim. Deputies and emergency medical services personnel immediately continued medical aid, the sheriff’s office reported, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The operator was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. An autopsy was scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and the incident remained under investigation. Assisting at the scene were Motley Fire & Rescue, Staples Ambulance and North Memorial Health Air Care.

Earlier Saturday, a snowmobile crash in Homebook Township near Nisswa resulted in serious injuries.


The sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 11:39 a.m. reporting the crash on the Snoflea Snowmobile Trail. Deputies and first responders arrived near the scene and used tracked rescue vehicles to access the area.

Deputies learned a 49-year-old Coon Rapids woman was operating a 2020 Polaris Indy rental snowmobile with a 15-year-old Coon Rapids boy as the rear passenger. The snowmobile left the trail on a curve and struck a tree, causing the rider and passenger to be ejected from the machine.

The boy was transported via helicopter to CentraCare-St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries and the woman was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd with unknown injuries. Both wore helmets at the time of the crash.

Assisting at the scene were Pillager Fire & Rescue, North Memorial Health Ambulance and Air Care.

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