EAST TAWAS – Of the four different law enforcement agencies which serve areas throughout Iosco County, one department handled at least three separate all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crashes, in the span of a few days.
The incidents took place earlier this month – in Plainfield, Reno and Tawas townships – and injuries were reported in each case.
The crash in Tawas Township occurred on private property near Townline Road, at about 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 8
According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), a 14-year-old male from Tawas City was driving a Kawasaki 350 in a horse pasture, when he collided into a tree.
He was seen at the hospital for a sprained wrist, and the ATV was said to have experienced minor damage.
Prior to this, at approximately 7 p.m. on Sept. 5, the MSP was dispatched to a crash in Reno Township. It occurred near Park Lane Drive, and also took place on private property.
The MSP states that a 14-year-old male was operating a Polaris Sportsman ATV, with a 10-year-old female as his passenger. Both are residents of Birch Run.
The two were traveling east on a trail and, when the driver abruptly braked to avoid branches from a tree, the vehicle slid sideways and overturned.
Both of the occupants were ejected, with the driver also becoming pinned underneath the machine.
They each sustained non-incapacitating injuries, and the male was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
According to police, both of the children were wearing helmets at the time of the incident.
Earlier that same day, at about 1:30 p.m., the MSP also responded to a crash on ORV Trail No. 6, near Liberty Road in Plainfield Township.
Two Armada residents – David Richard Coenen, 51, and a 14-year-old male who was driving the machine – were riding 2 up on the trail when the teen hit a puddle, causing him to lose control.
The Can-Am Outlander overturned, and both the driver and passenger – who were each wearing helmets – were thrown from the ATV.
They were transported to the hospital by ambulance, with Coenen sustaining a broken leg and the 14-year-old complaining of pain to his abdomen.
The machine experienced minor damage, and was driven from the scene.
Authorities advise that, in all three of the aforementioned incidents, neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to the crashes.