Trio of youths injured in ATV accidents

Herald Staff Writer
HUNTINGBURG — A trio of area youths suffered injures in a pair of weekend all-terrain vehicle accidents. Two of the teens are of Huntingburg.

The latter accident occurred Saturday afternoon on County Road 200W near Huntingburg Airport, according to Indiana conservation officers.

Two 13-year-old girls were on an ATV when the girl operating the four-wheeler swerved to miss a deer crossing the road. The ATV left the roadway, hit a gate and ejected the driver and passenger, conservation officers said.

Authorities did not release the girls’ identities but said they were taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper where they were treated for minor injuries before being released.

The girls were not wearing helmets or other safety equipment, conservation officers said.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

The second accident occurred at about 11 a.m. Sunday in Crawford County. Conservation officers said the location was private property off Slick Creek Road near Milltown.

Sahara Crawford, 5, was operating a beginner-size (50-cc engine) off-road motorcycle under her guardian’s supervision in her front yard when she lost control and overturned the bike on top of herself.

Crawford’s father, who was right beside her, according to conservation officers, quickly called for help. The girl suffered a leg injury and a possible back injury. Authorities said she was flown by helicopter to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville for treatment.

Conservation officers said Sahara was wearing a helmet and chest protector at the time of the accident and that gear likely reduced the severity of her injuries.

An Air Methods helicopter, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and the Milltown Volunteer Fire Department assisted.

In addition to those accidents, conservation officers also investigated an ATV crash Sunday in southern Knox County, near Decker, in which 48-year-old Lisa Hansen of Vincennes crashed an ATV on a levee and injured her wrist. Hansen was treated at a Knox County hospital and released, authorities said.

After the accidents, conservation officers said they strongly encourage riders to always wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV. Those operating ATVs on roadways in counties open to ATV traffic need a valid driver’s license, a valid ATV registration and insurance.

The ATV involved in the Huntingburg accident was insured but did not have an ATV registration through the Department of Natural Resources.

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