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13-year-old injured in ATV accident

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13-year-old injured in ATV accident
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Derek Gustafson, 13, of Puposky, was injured when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled over on top of him Tuesday evening.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at 6:49 p.m. Tuesday on the 10900 block of Harvest Road Northeast and found Blackduck Ambulance personnel with an injured boy, who was identified as Derek Gustafson, according to the police report.

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Deputies were told that Derek had been injured about two hours before the call, but had been pinned underneath the ATV, the report said.

Two ATVs were at the scene when deputies arrived. The one that Derek had been driving had a broken headlight, a smashed speedometer and mud up along the right side, the report said.

Derek was staying nearby with Lyle and Marie Gustafson while his parents were away. Derek had left the Gustafsons' home late Tuesday afternoon, and when he didn't immediately return, Lyle took a second ATV and went out looking for him, the report said.

Lyle found Derek's ATV turned over on its right side with its right floorboard lying across Derek's abdomen, the report said. Lyle used a winch on his ATV to pull the other four-wheeler off Derek, the report said.

Derek told Lyle that he had swerved to avoid an animal and the ATV turned over on top of him, the report said.

Once Lyle saw that Derek was alert and conscious, he returned home on his ATV and told Marie to call 911, and he went back to wait with Derek for help, the report said.

Derek was placed on a back board and airlifted to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. MeritCare confirmed on Wednesday that Derek is at the hospital, but did not release his condition.

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Bethany Wesley
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