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ATV crash injures 2


February 29, 2012
A Taswell man and his female passenger were airlifted to a hospital late Sunday afternoon after the ATV they were riding crashed in western Crawford County.

Conservation Officer Terry Allen said the crash occurred when Charles Norman, 68, attempted to turn the ATV off of Overhead Bridge Road near Taswell but lost control. Norman and his passenger, Lauren McLain, were thrown from the vehicle when it flipped.

Norman and McLain each suffered multiple injuries, including lacerations and possible head trauma, and were airlifted to University of Louisville hospital.

"They are both back home today," Allen said on Monday. "She has some stitches in her head and he has some cracked ribs, but they're doing OK."

Neither Norman nor McLain were wearing a helmet or other safety gear, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

"It looked like the ATV completely flipped," Allen said. "There was damage to both the front and rear of the vehicle as if it went end over end. They probably weren't going that fast, but it doesn't take but a split second to get hurt."

Deputies from the Crawford County Sheriff's Department also responded.

Another ATV crash, on Feb. 11 on Jericho Road, injured a 16-year-old male, who was also airlifted to a hospital in Louisville.

"He went through some serious head surgery in the hospital," Allen said, "but he's back home now. He also suffered a broken shoulder and cracked ribs. He'll be laid up a while, but there doesn't seem to be any permanent damage."

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