81-Year-Old Man Hurt in ATV Crash

by Kim Tewalt on June 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

One man had to be taken by helicopter after an ATV crash.

Around 2:30 pm on Friday, Muskingum County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 5825 Cutler Lake road, where they found the male driver pinned under the four-wheeler. Deputies say the man hit a steep incline and lost control. His 50-year-old female passanger was ejected, but was not injured. She was treated and released at the scene, the man, however, had to be flown by medial helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. He is listed in stable condition.

Harrison Township EMS Chief, Brian Hatfield, was one of the first on the scene, and says the man was stuck for 20 to 30 minutes. The victims were about a mile into the woods, and he says their four wheel drive SUV is crucial in these types of situations.

" You have that golden hour of opportunity, and that golden hour goes pretty quickly." said Hatfield. "When you have something (a vehicle) like this that can go out, obviously we had four wheelers there, but the gentlemen flipped on a four wheeler, and to me that’s more stable. Plus the victim is secured in there"

Hatfield says this vehicle has been in service for almost two years, and was custom built for times like these. The path to the victims was not an easy ride, with several downed trees blocking the path to the victim. Hatfield says it would have been to dangerous to have taken an ATV through the woods, and too difficult to walk back. He says their SUV has the capability to go where other vehicles can’t.

"Drove straight back, straight up over the trees, no problems with it." he said. "We’ve used it in the snow, and so far it’s been handy in everything we’ve done, it’s been successful"

Harrison Township EMS has used the vehicle in several circumstances, and in this case it cut the amount of time taken to get to the victim in half. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.