ATV ac­ci­dent in Fran­co­nia in­jures two teens

Souderton Independent - - OBITUARIES - By Dan Sokil

Two teens were hurt in an ATV ac­ci­dent be­hind a home on Green Hill Road in Fran­co­nia Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

The ac­ci­dent took place shortly be­fore 3 p.m. when the teens were rid­ing in ATVs and col­lided at a slight an­gle, nar­rowly miss­ing hit­ting each other headon, ac­cord­ing to Fran­co­nia po­lice Sgt. Jef­fery Gower.

“They were on a stone dirt road, and might’ve just been com­ing around a curve too fast and just couldn’t avoid each other,” Gower said.

The 19-year-old is from nu­ak­er­town and the 17-year-old is from Alexan­dria, Va., but both were in the area to visit their grand­par­ents, who live in the home on Green Hill, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Both teens were wear­ing hel­mets and pro­tec­tive equip­ment and were rel­a­tively pro­tected when the ATVs col­lided, ac­cord­ing to Gower, and were lucky to es­cape rel­a­tively un­scathed.

The 17-year-old suf­fered cuts to his left leg, and the 19-year-old com­plained of back pain af­ter the ac­ci­dent; both were taken by am­bu­lance to Le­high Val­ley Hospi­tal for eval­u­a­tion, Gower said.

Am­bu­lances from Grand View Hospi­tal and the Soud­er­ton EMS each tran­sSRUWHG RQH WHHQ, DQG fiUH­fiJKWHUV IURP WKH 7HOIRUG Fire Com­pany were called to as­sist with a po­ten­tial med­i­cal he­li­copter land­ing that was ul­ti­mately not needed, he said.

The call “ini­tially came in as an un­re­spon­sive [sub­ject], but when I got back to him he was con­scious and alert, and knew what his name was, what day it was, all of that good stuff,” said Gower.

“They were very for­tu­nate, this could have been a lot worse,” he said.

One ATV suf­fered mi­nor dam­age but both were driven by an­other rel­a­tive to safe stor­age in the nearby home, ac­cord­ing to Gower.

Photo by MARK C. PSORAS

Fran­co­nia Town­ship po­lice are seen by the Soud­er­ton Am­bu­lance trans­port­ing one of the vic­tims of an ATV ac­ci­dent that oc­curred at a res­i­dence on Green Hill Road in Fran­co­nia Wed­nes­day.

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