POLK COUNTY — Authorities in Polk County say that alcohol is believed to be a factor in a UTV crash that has left one dead and another with severe injuries.

The Polk County Sheriff Office says that on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at approximately 6:48p, a UTV was being operated on 30th Ave near Polk/Barron Street. The adult operator allegedly lost control of the UTV and the machine flipped on to its side before entering the ditch. Neither the operator nor the passenger was wearing seatbelts or helmets. Both riders were ejected from the machine and suffered severe injuries.

The operator was stabilized on scene and flown by Life Link III helicopter to a trauma center in Minnesota. The adult passenger succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office says that alcohol is believed to have played a role in this accident.

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Assisting at the scene were Clear Lake Area Ambulance, Clear Lake First Responders, Clear Lake Fire Department, the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office, The Wisconsin DNR, and Life Link III. This accident remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities are not releasing names of the individuals involved at this time but will be eleased at a later date.

Last Update: Oct 11, 2020 8:27 pm CDT

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