OSCEOLA, Wis. - A student at Osceola Middle School died on Sunday after an accident during a snowmobile safety class on Saturday.
Osceola police said that the 13-year-old girl was riding a snowmobile when she accelerated off the course and crashed into a loading dock.
The class was being taught by volunteers from the local snowmobile club. The class had a total of 42 students, half of which had already completed the slow speed maneuver course when the accident occurred on Saturday morning.
The child was immediately given medical attention by her mother and local first-responders. She was taken to Osceola Medical Center for treatment. From there she was airlifted to Regions Hospital Trauma Center. She was evaluated and transferred to Gillette Children's Hospital, where she later died.
Osceola police say the girl was wearing a snowmobile helmet. She had already completed a pre-ride safety check and was continuing on with the next phase of the class.
The cause of the snowmobile's rapid acceleration is under investigation by the Osceola Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Initial inspection of the snowmobile did not reveal any immediate cause for the accident. It has been removed to secure storage for further investigation.
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