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Juvenile airlifted after UTV crash

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash, reported at 5:44 p.m., after a utility terrain vehicle rolled on its side on County Road 139 in Wadena County.

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SEBEKA — A 34-year-old Nimrod woman and a juvenile were seriously injured Sunday, March 20, after their utility terrain vehicle rolled on its side on County Road 139 in Wadena County.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash reported at 5:44 p.m. Four people, including three children, were riding a UTV when it rolled near the 24000 block of County Road 139. Deputies believe they were headed eastbound on County Road 139 when the driver lost control and the UTV began to fishtail, causing it to roll into the ditch.

Two volunteer firefighters who were in the area coyote hunting came across the 2020 Polaris Ranger, which was resting on its passenger side in a ditch, and called for an ambulance.

The driver, Shawna Holmquist, and a front-seat passenger were seriously injured. The child in the front seat was airlifted to Hennepin Healthcare.

The driver was transported to Tri-County Healthcare and later taken to another hospital with serious injuries.

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The two other children, who were riding in the bed of the UTV and were ejected at the time of the crash, suffered minor scrapes and bruises and were checked out by first responders.

They believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

No one in the UTV was wearing a seatbelt or a helmet.

Assisting on scene was the Sebeka Fire Department, Tri-County Ambulance, Sebeka Police Department and Life Link III.

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