Updated: August 16, 2021 02:26 PM
Created: August 16, 2021 02:23 PM
One person died and three others were taken to hospitals after an ATV crash near Sauk Centre on Sunday.
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said authorities received a report of an accident on the Wobegon Trail, just east of Sauk Centre, at about 12:22 a.m.
Deputies, along with Sauk Centre and Melrose police, responded and found three people severely injured.
According to the sheriff's office, 50-year-old Scott Nathe was unconscious and not breathing. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. Additionally, 35-year-old Margaret Stepan and 23-year-old Kolten Kuhlmann were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Deputies also learned a fourth victim, 20-year-old Wilder Kuhlmann, was taken to a hospital by a private vehicle. He was later airlifted to a different hospital for further treatment.
An initial investigation indicates Wilder Kuhlmann was driving a 2020 Polaris ATV west along Wobegon Trail with Kolten Kuhlmann sitting on the front rack. The ATV then struck Nathe and Stepan, sending them down a steep embankment, while the Kuhlmanns were thrown from the ATV.
The trail is closed to motorized vehicles, and it appears alcohol may have been a contributing factor, the sheriff's office said.
The crash remains under investigation.
A GoFundMe to help Stepan pay for medical costs has been started.
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