MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two men are hospitalized Friday after two separate ATV crashes in central Minnesota.

Both crashes happened Thursday night, about 40 miles apart. The first crash occurred at 6:45 p.m. near the intersection of 230th Street and 600th Avenue in Litchfield Township.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Hunter Narragon struck a deer at that intersection and was thrown from his ATV. He was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

The second crash happened just after 8:30 p.m. in a field in St. John’s Township near Highway 12 and County Road 7.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said 29-year-old Michael Michaelson was riding across the field, hit a drainage ditch and was thrown from the machine.

The sheriff’s office said Michaelson broke his leg and also injured his ribs. He was transported to a hospital in St. Cloud.

The two crashes are unrelated.


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