BACKUS -- A 44-year-old Rice man was seriously injured when an all-terrain vehicle, on which he was a passenger, crashed at 7:43 p.m. Friday, July 12, on the Ox Yoke Road Northwest in rural Backus.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported a 24-year-old Rice man was operating a 2011 Polaris Sportsman ATV when he lost control while attempting a turn, causing the ATV to go into the ditch and hit several trees. The passenger was ejected from the machine, treated on scene and transported to St. Cloud Hospital via Life Link III air transport.

The driver was treated on scene with no apparent injury, the sheriff’s office reported. The crash investigation continues.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Backus Fire and First Response and North Memorial Ambulance assisted the sheriff’s office at the scene.