Tricounty News

ATV accident with fatality

Wednesday, March 17, Stearns County Sheriff's Officers received a report of an ATV crash on 320th Avenue in Spring Hill Township. The deputies were told that Mr. Wilfred Anthony Marthaler, age 63, of Paynesville had been driving his 2008 Yamaha ATV northbound on 320th Avenue, when a dog ran out onto the road from a farmyard. The ATV struck and killed the dog. Marthaler's ATV continued northbound and ran off the west side of the road and into a grove of trees. Marthaler was found lying nearby. He was aided by members of the Lake Henry Rescue Squad and Paynesville Ambulance before being transported to the St. Cloud Hospital by air ambulance. Mr. Marthaler later died from his injuries at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.