Authorities are saying a teenage boy is “very lucky” after surviving a near fatal all-terrain vehicle crash on Wednesday morning in a water-filled drainage ditch in Caribou County.
It was the second ATV crash in as many days in Southeast Idaho.
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.
Sheriff’s Office 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.
The boy is currently being treated at EIRMC and authorities said he is expected to survive.
The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office said he is a “very lucky young man.”
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.