BACKUS — Two Backus women were seriously injured in an ATV crash in the Foothills State Forest, near the Spider Lake Recreational area Sunday evening.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that at 6:09 p.m. his office received a report from a Lake Shore Police Officer who had contact with a vehicle whose driver was transporting two adult females that had been involved in an ATV crash.
It was learned that driver, Tiffany Johnson, age 19, was operating a 2013 Can Am Renegade ATV when it flipped over on her and her passenger, Brooke Mendenwaldt, age 20. The driver was transported via Air Care to a St. Cloud area hospital and the passenger was transported to a Brainerd, hospital both with serious injuries.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash and the investigation continues. Assisting were the Lake Shore Police Department, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care.