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Teen sustains minor injuries in ATV crash in Winchester

WINCHESTER — A Connecticut teen was treated for minor injuries, mostly bumps and bruises, after he apparently lost control of his ATV and crashed into a tree Monday in Pisgah State Park.

The teen had rounded a corner and was trying to avoid a large rock in the middle of the trail.

New Hampshire Fish and Game reported speed appears to be the main contributing factor to the crash, but said the 16-year-old was wearing a helmet, goggles and other rider protective gear, which helped lessen the injuries. He was riding with a group of family members, who were able to seek help after the crash.

Fish and Game, Hinsdale Fire and Rescue, Winchester Fire and Rescue and Winchester Police responded to the accident, which was reported at 1:10 p.m. The youth was transported out of the park at 2:40 p.m. by pickup truck and then transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont.

Conservation Officer Jonathan DeLisle said the crash is a reminder that state law requires anyone on an ATV under age 18 to wear eye protection and protective headgear and that any operator 12 or older must have successfully completed an OHRV (Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle) safety training program or have a valid driver’s license to operate an OHRV in New Hampshire.

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