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Girl Killed In Wisconsin Snomobile Safety Class Accident

Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

A young girl who was participating in a snowmobile safety class was killed when her machine accelerated and crashed into a dock.

Police in Osceola say the 13-year-old girl, now identified as Sarah Thorsland, was taking a class being taught by volunteers from the local snowmobile club on Saturday when her snowmobile suddenly accelerated and hit a loading dock. The Associated Press reports the girl was rushed to Osceola Medical Center, then airlifted to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities, and transferred to Gillette Children’s Hospital.

Sarah reportedly died Sunday. Police say the young teen was wearing a helmet. The cause of the acceleration is being investigated by police and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR says the Snowmobile Safety Program began in 1972 and has 879 active instructors who are trained and certified to teach by the DNR. Officials believe Saturday’s accident was the first fatality or serious crash to happen during a DNR safety class.

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