No helmets worn in rash of recent ATV accidents

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Conservation Officers have been busy responding to several serious accidents involving ATV’s.

Two accidents have been reported in Brown County and one in Hancock County within hours of each other on Saturday.

Shortly after 3 p.m.  emergency crews were sent to the 8000 block of Lutheran Lake Road in Brown County for an ATV accident that seriously injured two juveniles.

Investigators say a 12-year-old Seymour juvenile was operating a side by side style ATV.

While attempting to make a turn, the juvenile lost control and left the roadway.  The ATV flipped on its side and landed on the juvenile.  A 16-year-old passenger was not hurt.

A medical helicopter transported the 12-year-old to Riley Hospital for Children in serious, but stable condition.

Shortly before 7 p.m. , First Responders were sent to the 400 block of Johnson Drive in Greenfield on an ATV accident involving injury.

47-year-old Brett Granger, of Greenfield, suffered head and chest injuries in the accident.

Investigators say Granger was driving along a long driveway when he struck a large rock tossing him off the ATV.

He was taken to Hancock Regional Hospital and then transferred to St. Vincent Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Conservation Officers say alcohol appears to have been a factor in the crash.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, Conservation Officers were once again in Brown County responding to an accident involving an  adult injured on an ATV in the 900 block of Fruitdale Drive.

Investigators said the operator was driving after dark in his back yard and struck a large grass covered rut.  The collision caused the ATV to flip and roll on top of the man.

46-year-old Ronnie Camden of Fruitdale suffered chest, neck and back injuries.  He was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

In all three cases, Conservation Officers say the ATV operators were not wearing a helmet or other protective gear at the time of their accidents.

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