Snowmobiler loses control, rolling machine multiple times

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SEBEKA — A 55-year-old man was injured Sunday, Jan. 12, when the snowmobile he was operating rolled multiple times before landing on him on a groomed snowmobile trail in Wadena County.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office responded at 12:11 p.m. to the snowmobile crash occurring south of Wadena County Highway 9 at 125th Avenue in Rockwood Township, southeast of Sebeka. Upon arrival, deputies were met by a fellow snowmobiler traveling with the victim along with members of the Sebeka Fire Department and Tri-County Emergency Medical Services. Sebeka Fire Department assisted Tri-County EMS with snowmobile transport back to the crash site to treat the driver of the snowmobile, identified as Curtis Heikkenen of Perham.

Law enforcement learned Heikkenen, along with fellow snowmobilers were traveling east on the groomed snowmobile trail when Heikkenen veered off course and lost control, which caused his machine to roll multiple times and land on him. Heikkenen suffered cuts to his facial area and complaints of pain throughout his body, the sheriff’s office reported.

Heikkenen was transported by North Memorial Air Care to Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota. The Minnesota DNR and Minnesota State Patrol also assisted on the scene.

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