Cass County reports multiple ATV crashes over Memorial weekend
Deputies working the detail encountered over 500 recreational machines and made dozens of contacts, including verbal and written warnings and state citations for a variety of offenses.
CASS COUNTY — The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and local emergency responders responded to several ATV crash incidents resulting in serious injuries over the Memorial Day Weekend.
- On Sunday at 6:11 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of an ATV crash with injury in Bull Moose Township, rural Backus.
Deputies and first responders arrived on scene and learned that a male, 56, of Sleepy Eye, was operating a 2011 Polaris ATV when he lost control leaving the roadway and rolling the machine into a ditch, where it partially filled with water.
The man, whose name was not released, was treated on scene and transferred to a helicopter and transported to a Fargo hospital with serious injuries. Assisting at the scene were Backus Fire and Rescue, North Memorial Ambulance and Sanford AirMed.
- On Sunday at 6:05 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of an ATV crash with injuries in Woodrow Township, rural Hackensack.
Deputies and first responders arrived on scene and learned that a female, 42, of Shakopee, was operating a 2005 Bombardier ATV in a yard at a residence with a 3-year-old male passenger. When the operator accelerated the ATV, it struck a tree and and bounced off other trees, causing both the operator and passenger to be thrown from the machine.
Both riders, whose names were not released, were treated on scene for serious injuries and transported via helicopters to Twin Cities area hospitals. Assisting at the scene were Hackensack Fire and Rescue, North Memorial Ambulance, AirCare and LifeLink.
- On Saturday at 10:09 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of an ATV crash with serious injury in Rogers Township, rural Boy River. Deputies and first responders arrived on scene and learned that a juvenile male, 15, of Little Canada, was operating a 2000 Honda TRX ATV when he lost control and left a roadway striking multiple trees.
Medical care was provided on scene and the boy, whose name was not released, was later transported via ambulance to a medical helicopter and transported to a Twin Cities area hospital for serious injuries. Sheriff Burch reports that the patient was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and speed does appear to be a factor.
Assisting at the scene were the Minnesota State Patrol, North Country First Responders, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial AirCare.