For the third time in less than a week, an all-terrain vehicle crash sent someone to the hospital in Southeast Idaho.
The latest crash happened around 10:40 a.m. Friday on McPherson Canyon Road near Grace in Caribou County.
The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 13-year-old boy driving an ATV suffered serious injuries in the crash when he collided with another vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies and local ambulance units responded to the crash and called in an emergency helicopter to airlift the boy from the scene to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. Authorities said the boy is currently receiving treatment at PMC for the multiple broken bones he suffered in the crash. He is expected to survive.
Further details on the crash, including the boy’s name, have not yet been released.
Friday morning’s ATV crash followed two others, one in which another teenage boy nearly died when he crashed his ATV in a water-filled drainage ditch on Wednesday morning also in Caribou County.
The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office said the 17-year-old boy in Wednesday’s accident was riding an ATV by himself around 7 a.m. when it overturned and landed on top of him in a water-filled drainage ditch in a field off of Nipper Road near Kelly Toponce Road in the Chesterfield area.
The sheriff’s office said the ATV became partially submerged in the irrigation ditch with the boy’s head barely out of the water.
Individuals who work with the boy at a nearby farm located him more than 30 minutes after the accident occurred and removed the ATV from on top of him so he could be pulled out of the drainage ditch. The boy was not conscious or breathing and his co-workers immediately began administering CPR to revive him.
The boy began breathing on his own as a result of the CPR and the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about the incident around 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Sheriff’s deputies and local ambulance units responded and an emergency helicopter was called in to airlift the boy from the scene to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Authorities said the boy is expected to survive.
The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office added that he is a “very lucky young man” because the accident could have easily been fatal.
Another ATV crash occurred on Tuesday in Southeast Idaho.
That accident happened around 3 p.m. while Robert B. Galloway, 60, of Pocatello, was driving a 2001 Honda ATV northbound on Hiline Road between Tyhee and 2 1/2 Mile roads north of Chubbuck. Idaho State Police said Galloway failed to negotiate a curve in the road and as a result the ATV overturned.
Galloway, the lone rider on the ATV, was not wearing a helmet, state police said.
Galloway was transported via Pocatello Fire Department ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, where he was treated for head injuries and released.
In response to the local ATV wrecks, the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people to take all safety precautions while riding ATVs and motorists need to keep their eyes open for ATVs as well as motorcycles on Southeast Idaho’s roads.