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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 is uneven.

"Initial reports indicate the crash may have been caused when the driver ...
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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