Conservation Officer Matthew Holmes
August 14, 2019
Colebrook, NH – On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 13, 2019, a 9-year-old boy from Connecticut was injured as result of crashing his ATV along the Upper Coos Recreational Trail in Colebrook.
At approximately 3:30 PM, the young man, accompanied by a small group of family and friends, was traveling south along the trail approximately one mile north of downtown Colebrook. While at a location adjacent to Route 3 and Ramsey Road, the youth operator lost control of his youth model ATV and went off the trail and down a small embankment. After leaving the trail, the ATV hit an obstruction, ultimately causing the machine to roll and eject the operator. As a result of the crash, the operator sustained a significant but non-life-threatening injury.
Immediately following the crash, a 911 call for help was made by a member of the young man’s riding party. Due to the crash scene being in very close proximity to the 45th Parallel EMS building, rescuers and an ambulance were very quickly on scene. The injured youth was subsequently taken from the scene to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook for further evaluation and treatment.
Conservation Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department conducted an investigation into this incident in the hours following the crash. The operator was found to be wearing proper safety equipment and was accompanied at the time of the crash. It is believed that the crash was caused by a combination of speed and the youth operator attempting to operate beyond his personal capabilities.