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Ramsey Co. Parks and Rec contractor killed in ATV crash

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said the man was contracted to do a controlled burn in the Fish Creek Recreational Area.
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ST PAUL, Minn. — The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said a contract worker with the county's parks and recreational system was killed in an ATV crash in St. Paul Monday afternoon.

Sheriff's officials say a 26-year-old man from Lino Lakes was contracted to do a controlled burn in the Fish Creek Recreation Area near Point Douglas Road South. 

Deputies were dispatched to a trail head in the rec area around 3:45 p.m. and found Samuel Henry Sylvester trapped underneath the ATV. Early indications are that the utility vehicle he was riding rolled onto its side and landed on him.

Sylvester was employed by Native Resource Preservation, which was contracted to do the burn. An autopsy will be completed Tuesday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. 

The incident remains under investigation but the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office believes it was accidental.


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