1 dead after ATV hits tree near Akeley

An ambulance is seen in the distance behind a square stating crash.
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AKELEY, Minn. — A 23-year-old man died Saturday, July 9, after he lost control of his 2021 CAN AM Maverick off-highway vehicle and crashed into a tree.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at 10:28 a.m. in Shingobee Township near Akeley. According to the report, the off-highway vehicle lost control on the roadway, entered the ditch, struck an oak tree and caught fire. Deputies arrived on scene and met with the reporting party, who was traveling on Lake Alice Road when the crash scene was discovered.

The male driver was located inside of the vehicle and was deceased upon arrival. The initial investigation indicates that the male was operating the vehicle alone during the previous evening, with the crash occurring sometime after midnight.

The name of the deceased has not been released and the crash remains under investigation.

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