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One injured in ATV accident

Monday, July 28, 2008

Details were released Monday about an hour-long rescue effort by emergency response personnel to reach an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident victim Saturday afternoon.

One of several ATV riders contacted the Clay County Justice Center 911 dispatchers by cell phone after the accident.

"People not only need to have permission to be on the property they are riding on, but they also need to know where they are in case of emergency," Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Bryan Husband told The Brazil Times Monday. "At first, these people didn't know their exact location."

Shortly before 3 p.m., Saturday, members of Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and a TransCare Ambulance were dispatched to where an ATV rider reported an accident occurred approximately a mile back on a trail in a wooded area south of County Road 1300 South between CR 300 and 400 West.

"We were dispatched to an ATV accident in the spoil hills area near an old unclaimed mine," Husband said. "The area the victim was in was rows of hills and valleys that were 12- to 15-feet high at about 65-70-degree angles and we had to climb 10 of them while trying to get the them out."

One of the ATV drivers led emergency personnel to the area where an unidentified male was located. Suffering from a broken leg, the victim also had a shoulder injury and was having chest pain from the ATV rolling on top of him.

Because the trail was treacherous and tight quartered, Husband called for manpower from Jasonville and Wright Township fire departments, Greene County Sheriff's Department, Jasonville Police Department, Greene County Ambulance and the Sullivan County Paramedic Unit.

"We set up a command post at the entrance to the trail and started moving equipment one piece at a time on ATV's to where we needed to start our extraction," Husband said. "We were able to get Wright Townships' 4X4 Gator about half the way back to the site, which made removing the victim a lot easier. There were around 15 fire and EMS personnel with the patient when we started moving him out, and stationed eight more personnel along the trail to help with the removal."

Once removed from the area, approximately 90 minutes later, the victim, from Terre Haute, was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for medical treatment.

"This was a difficult rescue because we were not only taking care of the patient, but because of the heat, we were taking care of the responders as well. We had 40 people out there, and they needed water and rest," Husband said. "There was many different groups from different counties at this event and we learned to work well together using the best of our departments to the most beneficial use. We learned a lot during this event that will be helpful for future training."

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People who climb hills that steep are just not right. I've never done it, but it can't be that fun to risk such serious injury. I'd be curious to know how old the injured person is.........

-- Posted by Bruther on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 11:04 PM

Its comforting to know we dedicated people like this with the fire & sheriff's department. Good work guys.

-- Posted by SunCatcher47 on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 10:50 AM

Sometimes when you play daredevil, the devil gets his licks in. Better to ride safe than to end up sorry!

-- Posted by FlyinLion on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 11:54 AM

I thought there was a law against ATV's on public roads? It is not uncommon to see dozens of ATV's on the road in Clay & Parke county, many hauling passengers. Heading for who knows where.

It appears this group of ATV drivers were likely trespassing and they most likely didn't reach this area hauling theirs on trailers.

-- Posted by pmd on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 9:26 PM

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