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Fan hurt when runaway snowmobile heads into crowd

Sunday - 1/27/2013, 11:40pm  ET

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- A young fan was hurt when a runaway snowmobile veered into the crowd at Winter X after the rider fell off during a jump gone wrong.

The teenager was transported to a hospital Sunday night with a right knee injury. It's not clear whether he was hurt getting out of the way or was hit by the sled.

Snowmobiler Jackson Strong tumbled off the snowmobile during the best trick competition. He and his sled landed hard on the snow. The throttle stuck on the 450-pound machine and it went straight toward the crowd -- fans scurrying out of the way. The snowmobile came to a rest when it got tangled up in the retaining fence.

Jeremy Bester, of Prior Lake, Minn., quickly applied the brakes to keep it from moving.


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