News From Terre Haute, Indiana

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May 30, 2007

ATV accidents on the rise as popularity of vehicles increases, police say

ATV accidents responsible for 136,000 ER visits in 2005

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Winchell added that the most deadly ATV accidents – rollovers – are tough to escape when they happen.

“In that situation, you’ve got to get out of the way of that machine, but it happens so quickly … If you’re climbing a hill and you feel it start to roll, if you can’t control it, you’ve got to get out of the way of that thing so it doesn’t fall on top of you.”

Winchell, who said he had just come from the site in Spencer County where the 7-year-old boy was killed Sunday, admitted he usually sees the worst-case scenarios involving ATVs.

“They can be used, you know, you can have a lot of fun on them,” he said. “But they’re powerful machines. They can be very dangerous.”



Deb McKee can be reached at (812) 231-4254 or deb.mckee@tribstar.com.

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