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Oronoco, MN (KROC AM News) - An Oronoco teenager was taken to the hospital Tuesday after an accident involving a dirt bike.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office says the 15-year-old was riding with some friends in the area of Cemetery St and 5th St NE around 6:00 pm when the accident occurred.

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Sheriff’s Lt. Lee Rossman says the teen decided to try to drive over an embankment and down a ditch at high speed in an effort to jump Cemetery St. but he hit a bump and “went airborne prematurely and flew over the handlebar.”

Rossman says the teenager was wearing a helmet with a facemask but suffered facial injuries, either from hitting the handlebar or the ground.

Rossman says the teen was “conscious and alert” when a deputy arrived but his parents decided to call an ambulance because of his head injuries.

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