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Lake Park man airlifted from ATV crash near Two Inlets

A 41-year-old Lake Park man was airlifted Wednesday afternoon to a Twin Cities hospital with serious injuries suffered in an ATV accident near Two Inlets.

Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said Mark Scheffner was ejected from his 800 cc Can-Am ATV, which rolled.

The man was riding with another ATV operator, Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer said, "We don't know exactly what happened, but my understanding from Becker County is that the man's pelvic area and maybe his back were injured."

Gordon said alcohol was not a factor. He blamed the mishap on rugged terrain.

The accident comes less than a week after a 9-year-old boy died in northern Hubbard County when the ATV he was riding on rolled and crushed him underneath it.

"I thought we were doing a pretty good job in what we have done (educating the public) and like they say, it seems like it happens in streaks," said Homer.

"When they're starting to move ahead of our vehicles... With vehicle accidents we've been relatively lucky. But that can turn in a heartbeat, too. We know that. It seems the ATVs are holding precedence," Homer said.

"Speed is a factor, we all know that, in a lot of these accidents."

But constant rains have made the terrain slippery, uneven and dangerous at higher speeds, Homer added.

"With these newer ATVs and power steering it's much easier to turn a wheel," he said. "You hit a pothole, it'll grab the wheels. You've got to be attentive to what you're doing and where you're at."

The accident occurred just after 1:30 p.m. Carsonville First Responders and Becker County authorities were on the scene.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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