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One injured, another goes through the ice in separate ATV accidents in St. Louis County

One ATV driver was seriously injured and another went through the ice in separate ATV accidents over the weekend, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.

A resident of Faribault, Minnesota, was hospitalized Friday evening after flipping an ATV and landing underneath it in Greenwood Township, northwest of Tower. Authorities said the driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was trying to navigate a steep ditch on County Rd. 77 when the ATV slid downhill and overturned.

First responders from Greenwood and Bois Forte assisted the driver, who was flown by North Memorial Air helicopter to a Duluth-area hospital. Officials from the Greenwood and Tower fire departments and the Virginia Ambulance Service assisted.

Early Saturday morning, a 64-year-old Babbitt-area man went through the ice of Birch Lake’s North Bay when his ATV slid into open water created by a pressure ridge. He was pulled from the water unharmed with assistance from the Babbitt Fire Department and the person who reported the accident. The ATV was later recovered.

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Authorities from the Sheriff’s Office, Babbitt Police Department and the St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue team assisted with the rescue.

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