Wednesday, July 4, 2012

3 injured in weekend ATV crashes

Sheriff’s Office investigates 2 four-wheeler accidents


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Three people were treated and released at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center near Ketchum following two separate four-wheeler ATV accidents over the weekend in Blaine County.

Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Monday that the first accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday on the Boulder City jeep trail about 14 miles north of Ketchum. He said Lisa Guinn, a 51-year-old Hailey woman, was riding a 2006 Arctic Cat ATV on the trail about four miles east of state Highway 75 when she lost control of the vehicle while climbing a hill.

"Basically, she was going up a steep grade and the ATV powered out and slipped over backwards and landed on top of her," the sheriff said.

Ramsey said an emergency helicopter was called to the scene but that it was unable to land because of the rugged terrain. Instead, Guinn was transported to St. Luke's by Ketchum Fire Department ambulance.

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Ramsey said Guinn suffered a broken collarbone, a possible broken leg or knee and "multiple lacerations."

The second accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday on Shed Road just south of Carey when two 13-year-olds crashed on a 2008 Polaris ATV.

Ramsey said the vehicle was being driven by Zachary Nelson, of Hailey, and that his passenger was Nicholas D'Rozio, of Carey.

The sheriff said both were transported to St. Luke's by Wood River Fire and Rescue ambulance, Nelson with a broken collarbone, a left elbow injury and numerous lacerations and D'Rozio complaining of pain on his left side and his right wrist.

"They were eastbound and drifted off the side of the road and off the shoulder and that sucked them into a small ditch," Ramsey said. He said that the boys and vehicle also crashed into a barbed wire fence.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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