Renville County Sheriff's Department

(Sacred Heart MN-) A child is hospitalized after an ATV accident near Sacred Heart Sunday. The Renville County Sheriff's Department says it happened at a residence in the 79000 Block of County Road 9, about 4 miles south of Sacred Heart, around 10:51 a.m. Sunday. 40-year-old Rodney Garberich of rural Sacred Heart and a 4-year-old family member were clearing trees and branches along a path in a grove. The juvenile was sitting on an ATV, and at some point Garberich climbed aboard and the child accidently hit the throttle, causing the vehicle to lurch forward and crash into a tree, and it to rolled onto it's side. The child suffered a deep laceration to the abdomen, and was airlifted from the scene to Children's Hospital in the Twin Cities with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Garberich suffered minor injuries and did not have to hospitalized.

Agencies assisting at the scene were the Sacred Heart MRU, Granite Falls Ambulance Service, Sacred Heart Fire Department and LifeLink III helicopter. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.