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Three teens survive rollover accident

Three Carlton County teens escaped with non-life-threatening injuries after their vehicle veered off the road into the ditch Saturday afternoon, causing it to roll numerous times before coming to rest in a hayfield.

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The accident occurred at approximately 2:10 p.m. in the 4400 block of County Road 6 just west of the city of Barnum.

According to Deputy Carlton County Sheriff Brian Belich, deputies reported that the single vehicle had been traveling westbound when it experienced what appeared to be some sort of tire trouble that may have caused it to go out of control.

“We actually drove over part of the tire tread with our squad car,” said Sgt. Jason Warnygora. “When we looked at the tire, it was completely bald.”

The driver was a 16-year-old male from Barnum, and he was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition. His 14-year-old brother, also from Barnum, was transported via Life Link to Essentia/St. Mary’s in Duluth suffering from what Warnygora said were “several broken bones.” The boy was later transferred to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities for treatment of his injuries.The third passenger, a 15-year-old male from Kerrick, was also transported in stable condition by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake.

The Carlton County sheriff’s deputies were assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol, Moose Lake Fire Department, Life Link, Mercy Ambulance, Barnum Fire Department and the Moose Lake Police Department.

Warnygora reported that no charges will be filed in relation to the accident, and there was no indication that speed or other such factors contributed to it. All of the young men were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.