One hunter killed, two hurt when ATV rolls in Wasatch County
October 8, 2011
By Bob Mims, Salt Lake Tribune
An elk hunter was killed and his two companions injured when the
all-terrain vehicle they were riding rolled Saturday morning in the
Wasatch County backcountry.
Wasatch County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jared Rigby said the
58-year-old man killed was a passenger on a four-wheel Polaris
Ranger. His identity as well as names of the two injured were not
immediately released pending notification of family.
The 69-year-old male driver of the ATV was transported first to
Uintah Basin Medical Center in Vernal and then flown to University
Hospital in Salt Lake City where he was in serious condition with
back and arm injuries. A second passenger, a 63-year-old man, was
treated at the scene for minor injuries and released, Rigby said.
The accident was reported about 7:30 a.m. in the Buckboard Creek
area, near the trailhead close to State Road 35. Authorities were
alerted by other hunters who discovered the accident, rendered first
aid and called 911.
Rigby said the stretch of dirt roadway where the crash occurred
"Initial reports indicate the crash may have been caused when the
tried to drive around a tree blocking the roadway," Rigby said. "As
(he) maneuvered around the tree in the roadway, it appears the
driver may have lost traction on the steep mountainside and the
vehicle rolled onto its side."
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