Alexandria man injured in snowmobile crash

Victim was unconscious after falling off his snowmobile.

An Alexandria man was injured in a snowmobile crash Sunday morning, Feb. 13.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 9:40 a.m. that a snowmobile driver was unconscious and unresponsive.

Sheriff's deputies, Garfield First Responders and North Memorial Ambulance responded to the scene, near the intersection of East Moe Road NW and Twilight Trail NW in Moe Township.

During the investigation it was determined that Harlan Oberg, 64, and Nathaniel Butler, 36, of Fargo were on separate snowmobiles and heading north of East Moe road when Oberg attempted to get over a snow bank. Oberg, however, was unaware that the snowbank had iced over, so when he attempted to get over it, the snowmobile collided with the ice and he lost control, according to the sheriff's office.

Oberg was not able to hold on and fell off of the snowmobile, landing on his back and head, and being knocked unconscious from the fall. Oberg was wearing a helmet, which showed a cracked visor from the fall.


Butler witnessed the accident and called 911. Dispatch immediately called for Garfield First Responders and North Memorial Ambulance to the scene. First responders arrived first and gave immediate medical attention.

Oberg was conscious and breathing at that time. Sheriff's deputies and North Ambulance arrived on scene a short while after. Due to the nature of the injuries, Oberg was immediately transported to Alomere Health in Alexandria. His condition isn't known at this time.

The sheriff's office thanked the Garfield First Responders and North Memorial Ambulance for their assistance on scene.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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