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October 08. 2012 8:25PM

Helmet likely saved Hampton woman’s life in Sandown ATV rollover, collision

CONCORD — A 30-year-old woman was injured in an ATV rollover and collision in Sandown on Sunday afternoon. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. Katie Wilson of Hampton was operating an ATV on the Rockingham Rail Trail in Sandown when she sharply applied the brakes while approaching a wooden bridge. Wilson’s machine rolled over on top of her, causing serious injuries.

Wilson was riding with other family members and, subsequently, her father Todd Bray, 67, also of Hampton, could not stop in time and struck the back of her machine shortly after the initial rollover. Wilson’s son, a minor, was riding on the back of Bray’s machine during the collision and was ejected from the machine. Other family members and trail users called for medical assistance upon reaching the accident. All three individuals involved in the incident were wearing helmets and proper riding attire.

Sandown Fire and Rescue and police personnel responded to the scene, along with Conservation Officers Justin Ferland and Geoffrey Pushee with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The injured parties were transported to Parkland Medical Center in Derry for treatment.

“This serious incident underscores the importance of always wearing a helmet when operating an ATV or snow machine. Katie’s helmet sustained a severe impact and likely saved her life,” said Fish and Game Conservation Officer Justin Ferland.

The incident remains under investigation by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

No further information was available.


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