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Two escape injury in crash caused by teen snowmobiler near Crookston

A 15-year-old Crookston boy escaped injury Saturday when he drove a snowmobile across U.S. Highway 75 Saturday afternoon, narrowly missing a pickup truck but causing it to swerve into the same ditch where the snowmobile ended up rolling.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Andreas Geist, 15, was piloting a 2007 Arctic Cat just before 5 p.m. Saturday 1½ miles south of Crookston. Just in front of a 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup southbound on Highway 75, Geist crossed the highway, heading east. The Patrol said Geist did not look north to see whether the highway was clear.

Daniel Roth, 33, LaPorte, Minn., swerved his southbound pickup to the left, hitting a sign and ending up in the east ditch.

Geist's snowmobile also went flying into the east ditch, rolling and throwing Geist into the snow.

The vehicles did not hit each other, and neither driver appeared to be injured.

The investigation was not complete when the Patrol filed its first report, and it's not known whether Geist will be cited.

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