Franklin man revived following nearly fatal ATV accident

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – First responders in Johnson County successfully revived a Franklin man three times following a near fatal ATV accident.

Indiana Conservation Officers say John Taylor, 48, was driving an ATV northbound alongside the 3000 block of North Graham Road in the ditch.

Taylor’s ATV fell down into a culvert with the front of his ATV striking the concrete before flipping end over end twice, ultimately landing on his head with the ATV on top of him. The ATV, a 1984 Suzuki 125 3-wheeler, was totaled.

When first responders arrived on scene, Taylor had no pulse. Medics from the Franklin Fire Department performed CPR and were successful in getting a heartbeat.

Taylor was transported by lifeline to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. While on the helicopter, Taylor’s heart stopped twice, and he was brought back both times.

Taylor is currently in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital, and he is being treated for multiple fractured vertebrae, among other injuries.

He was not wearing any protective equipment at the time of the accident. Alcohol and speed are currently suspected of being the primary causes, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind the public to always follow the rules of safe operation while on an ATV, which includes wearing proper safety equipment, operating at a speed that is safe for the conditions, and most importantly, don’t drink and drive.

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