WMAZ 13 reports that a Laurens County boy seriously injured his leg in an ATV accident. Georgia State Patrol trooper Brian Jones stated that the accident happened at about 5:00 p.m. Sunday on Champion Ophelia Road, which is just north of Dublin, Georgia.
The driver was Torren Harrison. He was driving a Polaris Ranger that ran off of the roadway. Harrison then over-corrected the ATV, which caused the vehicle to flip off and into a ditch. Shannon White, whose son was a passenger in the ATV, said that her son is fine and is recovering. Harrison suffered from serious injuries to his leg. Doctors inserted pins and a rod into Harrison’s leg. They were able to avoid amputating the leg.
Brandon Evans, who is Harrison’s baseball coach, said that the upcoming game would be dedicated to Harrison.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission staff received reports of 15,250 ATV-related fatalities that occurred between 1982 and 2017. This included 295 deaths in 2017 and 531 deaths in 2016. 22% of these fatalities were children who were younger than 16 years of age. The same agency reported 93,800 ATV-related injuries that were treated in emergency departments in the United States. Most of these injuries consisted of people who were treated and released. A smaller percentage, 15%, were hospitalized. 20 percent of the injuries were diagnosed as contusions or abrasions. Another twenty-seven percent were fractures. 29% of the injuries were to the arms, while another 21% involved leg injuries.
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