A 21 year-old male was airlifted from Buhl on Saturday after sustaining life-threatening injuries in an ATV crash.
First responders were dispatched shortly after 4 p.m. to Buhl City Park. St. Louis County Sheriff's deputies, Buhl Ambulance, Hibbing Ambulance and Life Link air medical all responded to the scene of the crash near Buhl Park on Memorial Drive.
Upon arriving, first responders found an ATV that appeared to have been traveling West on Memorial Drive at a high rate of speed. The ATV left the tar roadway into the grassy ditch area of the city park, traveled through the air a short distance, and then landed and ultimately flipped end over end multiple times, ejecting both the 21 year-old male and 19 year-old female occupants. As first responders were tending to the victims of that crash, they were alerted to another ATV crash that had occurred at the same time near the intersection of Jefferson St. and Memorial Dr. just hundreds of feet away from where the first crash had taken place. The 25 year-old male driver had turned around in the middle of the roadway in an attempt to assist in the original crash, and ultimately rolled his ATV over pinning him underneath, until he was assisted by residents in the area. The 21 year-old male was airlifted to St. Luke's hospital in Duluth, and later to a Twin Cities hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The two other crash victims were transported to Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing where they were both treated for non life-threatening injuries. The cause of both crashes remain under investigation by the Sheriff's office, but speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors for both.