Dirtbiker Rescues Man Trapped Under Large ATV
What a scary situation for all involved. Thankfully, everybody seems to be largely okay.
Cruising along on a solo ride in the Renz area, I see this helmet in the trail...whaaa? I probably would have never seen the quad up there if I hadn’t seen the helmet.
He said he was up there for about 5 min's before I found him there.
The trail he was on was just above, so I’m pretty sure when he rolled off the trail, his quad rolled 270 degrees before pinning him (lucky it pinched him there instead of his chest or head, yikes!)
You can't really hear much (unless you crank the volume waaay up. Don't forget to turn it back down if you do!), so here's some of what happened:
I warned him that I might not be able to lift it very high, and that I might have to let it back down on him, which happened, and that clearly hurt in a big way. Sorry!
I gathered these rotting logs I found for him to stuff underneath to prop it up next time I lift, but once I got it up a ways, I guess he decided he had to get the heck out of there, and got most of the way out. One more small lift after that, and he was out (and his legs were probably very numb).
I was pretty winded from lots of fast singletrack before I even got there, I gotta get in shape for these kinds of days!
Too bad the first guy to come along is old, weak, and has a bad back.
I spent the majority of my childhood riding on (what I call) fourwheelers. ATV's 4x4 quads whatever you want to call them. They're fun to ride, but to me they always served a purpose. Whether it was riding to my father and my favorite hunting spot, or yard work at my parents 2 acre lot (wheel barreling dirt from one corner of the yard to the other sucks). To me they are really utility vehicles.
Though I totally get people riding them just for fun. In my hometown there is this huge "mud ride" event where 10,000+ people show up to ride atvs all over atv parks.
Though inevitably someone gets hurt. Riding too fast, going up too steep a climb, or whatever. ATV's can be heavy. Especially the side by sides.
Even in my pure utilitarian use of atv's I've had scary situations. Thankfully, my dad and I have always opted for the smaller versions, so I've always been able to man handle my way out of any 'crush' situation.
I can't imagine going through what this guy went through. Legs completely trapped under the (from the looks of it) side by side, all alone, waiting for help.
Thank goodness for the guy on the dirt bike.