(MARTINSVILLE) – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that left two people injured.
The accident occurred on Saturday at approximately 5:51 p.m. near the 200 block of Robb Hill Road in Martinsville.
Joshua Wallis, 31, of Martinsville, was operating a side-by-side off-road vehicle on private property in a wooded area. For reasons not yet known, the vehicle flipped onto its side and then caught fire.
Kimberly Scobee, 59, of Mooresville, a passenger on the vehicle, suffered severe burns to the right side of her body along with a neck injury. Wallis also suffered burns on both of his hands.
Scobee was flown by Lifeline helicopter and Wallis was transported by ambulance to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of their injuries.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The victims were not wearing helmets or proper safety equipment. However, both were wearing safety harnesses. Indiana Conservation Officers stress the safe operation of ORVs and the use of proper protective equipment such as helmets.
Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Brown Township Medics, Morgan County Medics, Brooklyn Fire Department and Martinsville Fire Department.