Serious injuries reported in UTV rollover near Nimrod
Alcohol was considered a factor and no one was wearing a seat belt or helmet.
NIMROD — One adult and one juvenile were seriously injured when a UTV driver lost control of the vehicle Sunday evening east of the city of Nimrod. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to a Wadena County Sheriff's Office news release.
The report of the crash came in from two coyote hunters about 5:44 p.m., Sunday, March 20, who happened to be volunteer firefighters. They were in the area when they came across the UTV on its side in the ditch near the 24000 block of County Road 139.
It appeared that the UTV was headed east on County Road 139, when the driver, Shawna Holmquist, 34, or Nimrod, lost control. This caused the vehicle to roll on its side and land in the ditch. Holmquist was joined by three juveniles. As with most situations involving juveniles, their names were not released. None in the group were wearing seat belts or helmets, according to the crash report.
Two of the juveniles were riding in the bed of the Ranger and were ejected from the machine. They were checked by Tri-County Ambulance staff but only suffered minor scrapes and bruises.
Holmquist was transported to Tri-County Health Care in Wadena and later transported out to another facility with serious injuries. The juvenile in the front seat suffered serious injuries and was airlifted by Life Link III to Hennepin Healthcare.
Sebeka Fire Department, Tri-County Ambulance, Sebeka Police Department and Life Link III joined the county sheriff's office in response to the scene.