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Illinois man killed in ATV accident

The Huntsville Mall is transformed into ground zero for the White Knuckle Event on May 24, 2013, one of two ATV events in Huntsville over the holiday weekend.
The Huntsville Mall is transformed into ground zero for the White Knuckle Event on May 24, 2013, one of two ATV events in Huntsville over the holiday weekend. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)

HUNTSVILLE — A holiday trip to Scott County ended in tragedy for an Illinois couple after an elderly man was killed in an ATV accident early Friday afternoon.

The man, described as being in his 70s, died after his side-by-side ATV overturned and landed on him as he climbed a hill on Trail #49 at Brimstone Recreation.

According to Scott County Sheriff’s Department deputy Eric Newport, the man was riding with his girlfriend of 12 years when the ATV overturned on a steep portion of the trail, which is also called the Injun Joe Trail and is located between Griffey Branch and Byrges Creek. According to Brimstone’s website, the trail is rated difficult.

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[s2If current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)]Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the accident around lunch time Friday, the first day of Brimstone’s annual White Knuckle Event, after 911 dispatchers received a call that the rider was pinned beneath the ATV and was unresponsive.

Companions reportedly attempted CPR on the man for the half-hour it took for emergency personnel to reach the remote location of the accident. EMTs also attempted to revive him upon arriving on the scene, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

The accident was one of a handful, but was reportedly the only one involving serious injury, on the first day of Brimstone’s annual Memorial Day weekend event. The White Knuckle Event, along with a similar event at nearby Trail’s End Campground, attracted thousands of riders to the Cumberland Mountains from both the local region and from across much of the eastern U.S.

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In addition to Scott County EMS, Scott County Rescue Squad volunteers are standing by all weekend to assist in case of accident. Brimstone has also procured the services of a private ambulance service to assist those efforts. According to persons familiar with event planning, Lifestar has three helicopters that can fly to Scott County in case of serious injury.

Rescue Squad vehicles were used to transport EMTs to the site of the fatal accident, while Sheriff’s Department personnel used one of the department’s Humvees to reach the site.[/s2If]

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