Walker, MN (KROC-AM News)- One rider is dead and two other riders were hurt following a pair of separate snowmobile crashes in northern Minnesota over the weekend. 

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The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the crashes Saturday. The fatal crash took place near Staples and the injury crash happened in the Nisswa area. 


Deputies responded to the deadly snowmobile crash shortly before 5 p.m. First responders saw the rider’s fellow snowmobilers administering CPR. Life-saving measures at the scene and the 65-year-old man from Staples was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The crash investigation indicates the man and his family were heading home from a snowmobile trip when the track on the crash victim’s sled became dislodged, causing the machine to crash and the man to be ejected from the snowmobile. His body has been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. 

The injury crash near Nisswa involved a 15-year-old boy riding on the back of a snowmobile driven by his 49-year-old mother. Officials say their snowmobile left the trail at a curve and struck a tree, causing the mother and son from Coon Rapids to be ejected from the sled shortly before 11:40 a.m. 

The boy was airlifted to a hospital in St. Cloud with what were described as serious injuries and his mother was transported to a Brainerd hospital. 

Authorities say all three crash victims were wearing their helmets. The fatal crash remains under investigation.

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