13-year-old girl dies from injuries in snowmobile crash during safety course
OSCEOLA - A 13-year-old girl who was severely injured when her snowmobile accelerated and crashed during a snowmobile safety class on Saturday morning, Oct. 26, died Sunday, Oct. 27 at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul.
Sarah Thorsland was taking part in the course at the parking lot of the Osceola High School when her snowmobile suddenly accelerated and hit a loading dock. She was given immediate medical attention by her mother and local first responders and then taken to Osceola Medical Center for treatment. Due to the extent of her injuries she was airlifted to Regions Hospital and then transferred to Gillette.
Volunteers from a local snowmobile club were conducting the DNR-sponsored course, which had a total of 42 participants. The cause of the accident, which occurred at approximately 9 a.m., is being investigated by police and the DNR. Initial inspection of the snowmobile did not reveal any immediate cause for the accident.
The girl was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, authorities said.
Funeral services will be held this Saturday, Nov. 2. See obit notice on home page of this website. - Gary King with information from Associated Press, Osceola Police Department