California man seriously injured in ATV crash
A California resident was seriously injured in an ATV accident south of Prineville late Saturday evening.
According to authorities, Crook County deputies responded to the crash scene at the 6600 block of Southeast Riverdance Road, about 7 miles south of Prineville, just before 10:30 p.m. They found a blue Polaris Sportsman ATV resting upright in the sage/brush approximately 15 feet south of the roadway off of the eastbound shoulder. The ATV was damaged but running.
The 57-year-old driver, Scott E. Gilbert, of Red Bluff, California, was injured and immobile, lying approximately 30 feet east of the ATV.
Evidence at the scene indicated the ATV was traveling westbound on Riverdance Road when it left the roadway, driving onto the soft eastbound shoulder. Gilbert overcorrected, causing the ATV to cartwheel then roll over the driver, causing serious injury.
Gilbert was not wearing a helmet or any other protective equipment. According to authorities, alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. He was transported by ambulance to St. Charles in Prineville, then flown by AirLink to St. Charles in Bend. The Crook County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Crook County Fire Rescue. The investigation is ongoing.
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