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DNR investigating two serious ATV accidents in Knox County

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Indiana conservation officers are investigating two all-terrain vehicle accidents with injuries which occurred Saturday evening within an hour of each other in Knox County, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

According to the DNR, at approximately 7 p.m. Tori-Ana N. Brown, 14, of Edwardsport, was riding an Arctic Cat four-wheeler with an unnamed passenger on Taylor Road near Oaktown when she attempted to stop. But Brown over-applied the brakes, causing the four-wheeler to flip and land on top of her, the DNR said.

Brown, who sustained a head injury, was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. Brown’s passenger received minor injuries. “Rider inexperience appears to be a factor in the accident,” the DNR said. “Operator and passenger were not wearing helmets.”

The second accident occurred about an hour later approximately four miles away on a private lane west of Blann Road, where Joshua D. Ridgeway, 32, and Chad A. Baxley, 32, both of Carlisle, were found injured at the scene along with a damaged Ranger side-by-side utility type off-road vehicle.

Ridgeway was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville and Baxley to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of unspecified injuries, the DNR said.

“According to the investigators, the vehicle had hit a washout in the lane ejecting the occupants from the vehicle,” the DNR said. “Speed and alcohol appear to be a factor in the accident.”

Both accidents remain under investigation.



Posted 8/6/2013