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Man Dies From ATV Crash In Wisconsin, Deadly Summer Continues

Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 10:55 am

The Bayfield County sheriff’s office says a 31-year-old ATV driver has been killed in an accidental crash on Valhalla Trail near Washburn.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that the accident happened about 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Apparently the victim sustained severe head injuries and could not be revived by first responders.

The name of the deceased ATV driver was not immediately released.

A passenger on the victim’s ATV was also injured and was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Ashland with non-life-threatening injuries.

A report from the sheriff’s office says speed, alcohol and the lack of a helmet may have contributed to the death of the ATV driver.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is also investigating the incident.

It has been a deadly summer in Wisconsin, as the state has already matched the 18 watercraft-related deaths reported last year and the summer isn’t even over.

A safety expert with the Wisconsin DNR told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that too few life jackets and too many speeding boats are to blame.

The DNR safety expert says that if you took speed out of the equation in most accidents, people would have time to react and avoid collisions. He also estimates that boating deaths would drop by 75 percent if everyone wore life jackets.

Alcohol use is another key factor in fatal boating incidents as investigators in Wisconsin have found alcohol was involved in a third of this year’s deaths. Nine of the deaths are still under investigation.

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