Girl seriously injured in ATV roll-over

Photo: superatv.com A 2013 Arctic Cat Wildcat, similar to this one, was being driven by a 12-year-old Ahmeek girl Sunday when it flipped over, pinning her beneath it.

ALLOUEZ TOWNSHIP — A 12-year-old female was seriously injured Sunday when the ORV she was driving flipped over and landed on her, pinning her underneath, stated a release from the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched at approximately 5:06 p.m. to private property off of Five-Mile Point Road, where the girl, from Ahmeek, was traveling on a trail. She lost control of the 2013 Arctic Cat Wildcat while going around a corner.

The driver’s younger sister, who was operating another ORV, witnessed the crash, called 911, and met rescuers at local road, and showed them to the scene.

Responders were able to lift the ORV off the girl, who was then transported by Mercy Ambulance to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. Because of the seriousness of her injuries, she was later airlifted to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

An 11-year-old passenger on the ORV was uninjured.

“We haven’t heard any updates so far as her condition goes today,” said Undersheriff Kurt Pennala on Monday afternoon. “We know she’s being treated, but that’s all we know.”

The incident remains under investigation, said Pennala.

“Until we can talk to her, we haven’t had the opportunity to talk to her, obviously,” he said, “but until we can talk to her and get her version of what happened, we can’t, by law, close out a traffic crash report until we get everything in place.”

Deputies were assisted on the scene by Ahmeek Off-Road Rescue, Allouez Township First Responders, Calumet Township Fire Department, and Mercy Ambulance.

The name of the crash victim is not being released because she is a minor.


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