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Several ATVs wreck; riders skip helmets

Indiana DNR officers in the northeast Indiana district had their hands full with injury-causing ATV crashes over the past few days. In every instance, the riders failed to wear helmets and other protective equipment.

Friday evening, a 21-year-old Bluffton man was riding a four-wheeler on an unused railway bed when he failed to negotiate a turn and was thrown from the vehicle. He was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with cuts and several fractures to his hand, face and hip. Alcohol was not a factor, but the off-road vehicle had significant disrepair to the throttle and brakes, according to a release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Then, on Saturday, conservation officers investigated a crash involving an 18-year-old Waterloo man on a 200cc dirt bike. The man was thrown from the machine, and, even though he suffered a head injury, was able to walk to his nearby house and was taken to a hospital, according to the release.

Finally, around 8 p.m. Saturday, an Allen County man was injured on a four-wheeler while driving down an unfamiliar road in a subdivision. The man hit a dip in the roadway and the ATV flipped over three times, coming to rest on the man. He was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital, where he was treated and released, according to the release.

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