Minnesota State Sen. Torrey Westrom involved in snowmobile crash near Alexandria

He escaped serious injury after being thrown clear of the snowmobile. A 13-year-old boy was driving.

Torrey Westrom

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. β€” State Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Alexandria, was injured in a snowmobile crash on Lake Ida, north of Alexandria Sunday afternoon, March 12.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at about 3 p.m. from Trista Stamness, who reported a single vehicle snowmobile accident on the north end of Lake Ida.

Deputies and first responders arrived to the scene and found Westrom about 200 yards from the shoreline.

A 13-year-old male was operating a 2009 Arctic Cat two-up snowmobile, which is designed to safely accommodate two passengers. Westrom, 49, was a passenger.

The snowmobile struck a packed snowdrift on the lake, causing Westrom to be thrown clear of the snowmobile, according to the sheriff's office.


Westrom was complaining of upper body pain at the scene. The juvenile, whose name was not released, wasn't injured.

North Ambulance and Leaf Valley First Responders tended to Westrom on the lake. Westrom was
transported by snowmobile rescue sled to a nearby public access and transported to Alomere Hospital by North Ambulance.

Westrom was elected to the Senate in 2012, after serving eight terms in the House. He is the first known blind person to be elected to the Minnesota Legislature.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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