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UPDATE: 12-year-old boy killed in ATV crash identified


Polk County (Press Release) - On Sunday, September 8, 2013, at approximately 12:29 p.m. dispatch received a report of an ATV accident in the 500 block of Round Lake Lane, in the Town of Alden. It was reported that the operator was a 12-year-old and that he was not responsive. While deputies and EMS were en route, CPR was started on the victim.

Upon arrival of EMS, the victim was transported to the Osceola Medical Center by ambulance, and then to Regions Hospital by air ambulance. Sometime after arriving at Regions Hospital the victim was pronounced deceased. The victim is being identified as Alexander Palen, 12, of Minneapolis, MN.

Preliminary investigation at the scene shows that Alexander was wearing his helmet and operating the family ATV, a Polaris 850, on a private driveway. At the end of the driveway he was trying to make a turning maneuver to return, when the wheels of one side of the ATV went off the edge of the driveway and over a steep embankment, causing the four-wheeler to roll over on top of him. There has been no information or evidence obtained from the scene that show that speed or reckless operation were contributing factors to this accident.

Agencies assisting the Polk County Sheriff's Office with this accident were the Polk County Medical Examiners Office, the Dresser/Osceola/Garfield Fire Department, the Osceola Area Ambulance Service, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Polk County (WQOW) - An ATV crash claims the life of a boy in Polk County.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon. It happened near Osceola.

Investigators believe the boy, who was from Minneapolis, was operating the machine when it overturned and landed on top of him. He was taken to a local hospital, then to one in Minnesota, where he was pronounced dead.

The boy's name has not been released.

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