13-Year-Old Killed In Snowmobile Safety Class

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By Richard Pratt

OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) — A young girl who was participating in a snowmobile safety class was killed when her machine accelerated and crashed in western Wisconsin.

Police in Osceola say 13-year-old Sarah Thorsland was taking a class being taught by volunteers from the local snowmobile club on Saturday when her snowmobile suddenly accelerated and hit a loading dock. She was rushed to Osceola Medical Center, then airlifted to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities and transferred to Gillette Children's Hospital.

KARE-TV reports the girl died on Sunday. Police say the young teen was wearing a helmet. Police and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are investigating the incident.
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