PITTSBURG –– A 66-year-old man from Salem, NH, sustained potentially serious injuries after an ATV he was driving flipped over on a steep, uphill trail, according to Fish and Game Conservation officers.
The incident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday on the Halls Stream Road Connector Trail.
David Hadley Jr. was operating the ATV with his wife as a passenger when the vehicle rolled over.
According to officials, the couple’s riding party transported Hadley by UTV to Halls Stream Road where they alerted emergency services.
Responders from Beecher Falls Fire Department, 45th Parallel EMS, a Pittsburg Police officer, and a Conservation Officer attended the scene.
Hadley was then taken to the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital (UCVH) in Colebrook by a 45th Parallel ambulance for treatment of his injuries.
His wife sustained only minor injuries in the incident.
Following an investigation into the accident, officers believe that the steep, wet terrain, combined with the extra weight from a passenger, led to the ATV flipping over.
In the wake of the incident, Conservation Officers are urging all off-highway recreational vehicle (OHRV) users to always wear protective gear when operating or riding these vehicles.