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June 14, 2016

Press Release / VSP-Rutland / ATV Crash w/ Injury / Pittsford, VT / 16C103000 / June 14, 2016

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

               

CASE#: 16C103000

TROOPER: Stephenson                                                        

STATION: Rutland                 

CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101

 

DATE/TIME: June 14, 2016 at approximately 1710 hours

LOCATION: 5636 US Route 7, Pittsford

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Karen R. Flanders

AGE: 28

SEATBELT? N/A  (No helmet)

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Pittsford, VT

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2016 Can-Am Outlander 650 All-Terrain Vehicle

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Contact damage to left, right and stop of ATV

INJURIES: Non-life threatening

HOSPITAL: Rutland Regional Medical Center

 

PASSENGER #1: Juvenile male, age 8

SEATBELT? N/A (No helmet)

INJURIES: Minor

HOSPITAL: Rutland Regional Medical Center

 

PASSENGER #2: Juvenile female, age 12

SEATBELT? N/A (No helmet)

INJURIES: Minor

HOSPITAL: Rutland Regional Medical Center

 

WEATHER: Clear

ROAD COND: Dry

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On June 14, 2016 at approximately 1710 hours the Vermont State Police, Regional Ambulance Service and Pittsford First Response were notified of an all-terrain vehicle crash in the area of 5636 US Route 7 in the Town of Pittsford.

 

Investigation revealed that Karen R. Flanders was operating a 2016 Can-Am Outlander 650 all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on family-owned private property located at 5636 US Route 7 in Pittsford. Flanders’ 12 year old daughter was a passenger. Flanders stopped the ATV near the residence and her 8 year old son attempted to get onto the ATV from the right side. As the 8 year old boarded the ATV, he mistakenly grabbed the right handlebar grip and throttle control, causing the ATV to accelerate with all three subjects on board. Flanders was unable to control the ATV as it traveled onto and across US Route 7 from the driveway of the residence. The ATV overturned in the roadway throwing all three passengers onto the ground. The ATV and all three passengers landed at the edge of the roadway.

 

Flanders appeared to have to non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center. The juvenile children received minor injuries and were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

 

None of the riders were wearing helmets. This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Stephenson at the Vermont State Police-Rutland, 802-773-9101.