Moorhead woman injured in ATV crash near Miltona

Her 4-year-old passenger was not injured


A 32-year-old woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries after the ATV she was riding on overturned, trapping her underneath Thursday, June 25.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, here's what happened:

Riley Sowada of Moorhead, along with her 4-year-old passenger, were riding an ATV on Northeast Irene Road NE in Miltona Township. Sowada was reportedly operating the ATV very close to the shoulder when it rolled into the ditch, ejecting the 4-year-old girl from the ATV and pinning her underneath.

Shortly before 5 p.m. , authorities received a 911 call from the family that Sowada and her passenger, who had left on the ATV, were possibly missing. Family members called back and said they had located the 4-year-old and then a short time later, reported they had located the overturned ATV and that Sowada was still trapped under the machine.

Family members were able to move the ATV and free Sowada. She was examined at the scene and treated by ambulance personnel. She was later transported by the Parkers Prairie Ambulance to Alomere Health in Alexandria for further treatment, according to the sheriff's office. Her injuries were not life threatening. The 4-year-old was reportedly not injured. Neither were wearing a helmet, according to the sheriff's office.


Assisting the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were the Miltona First Responders, Parkers Prairie Ambulance, North Ambulance and LifeLink III Helicopter.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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