MOUNT VERNON – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred Sunday afternoon.
At approximately 2:07 p.m., Posey County dispatch received information of an ORV accident with an injury that occurred on private property near Copper line and Blackburn roads.
A responding conservation officer rendered aid and applied a tourniquet to an injured juvenile before EMS arrived. That juvenile was then transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment and later flown to Louisville.
The other two juvenile passengers incurred minor injuries. None of the riders were wearing helmets nor any other safety gear when the accident occurred.
Initial investigation has revealed that the side-by-side ORV was being operated by a 16-year-old juvenile who lost control and the vehicle overturned. She suffered significant leg and hand injuries in the accident.
Other responding agencies included Posey County EMS, Black Township Fire Department, and Posey County Sherriff’s Department.
Conservation officers remind everyone to always wear a helmet and protective riding gear when operating or riding on an ORV and to always use a seatbelt or safety harness when present.