Esko crash investigated

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a March 30 ATV crash is under investigation.

According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, on  Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 11:47 p.m. Carlton County dispatchers received a report of an ATV crash on Wagon Road near the intersection of Larson Road in Thomson Township.

Emergency Medical Services from the Esko Fire Department and Cloquet Area Fire District, along with Minnesota State Patrol troopers and Carlton County deputies responded to the scene and found a female on the ground with injuries from the crash.

The victim was identified as a 20-year-old female from Roseville, Minnesota. The victim was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. At the time of this release the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office has not received any updates on her condition.

The initial investigation revealed the victim had been a passenger on the ATV. The operator of the ATV at the time of the crash was identified as a 20-year-old Esko man, Tyler Paul Allen Knepper.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident and Knepper is currently being held at the Carlton County Jail on the charge of criminal vehicular operation and driving while impaired.

The incident remains under investigation by the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office.

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