Minn. man rescues teen from path of out-of-control snowmobile

2:34 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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ASPEN, Colo. - A young spectator from Minnesota was evaluated by medical staff after a runaway snowmobile crashed into a group of fans at the X Games on Sunday night.

The boy, identified as 13-year-old Trent Wittwer from Bemidji, hit his knee on a parked truck when his father, Jeff, pulled him out of the way of the snowmobile. The teen was checked out and released.

Australian Jackson Strong was attempting a backflip over his sled in the best trick competition when he got away from the snowmobile. Strong fell to the ground while the snowmobile accelerated toward a fence lined with fans.

Jeremy Bester of Prior Lake was near the fence when the snowmobile crashed through it. He ran over and turned the machine off.

"It really wasn't scary because we're around sleds all the time," said Bester.

Strong walked off the course and continued in the competition.

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