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Sauk Centre, MN (KROC-AM News) - Authorities say it appears alcohol was involved in a deadly ATV crash that occurred on the Wobegon Trail early Sunday in central Minnesota.

The Stearns County Sheriff says the person who was killed was walking on the trail near Sauk Centre, which is closed to motorized vehicles when he was struck by a speeding ATV around 12:20 AM. The victim was identified as 50-year-old Scott Nathe of Sauk Centre. He was accompanied by 35-year-old Margaret Stepan, who is also from Sauk Centre. She was also hit by the ATV and suffered severe injuries when the crash sent her and Nathe down a steep embankment.


A third person, 23-year-old Kolten Kuhlmann, was also found suffering from severe injuries at the scene. Officials say he was a passenger on the ATV, which was being driven by Wilder Kuhlmann, whose name was not included in the news release. Both men are from Sauk Centre and were ejected during the deadly collision.

Officials say Wilder Kuhlman had been transported to the Sauk Centre Hospital in a private vehicle before emergency responders arrived at the scene. He was later airlifted to the St. Cloud hospital for further treatment.

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