Man driving ATV crashes into tree in North San Juan |

Man driving ATV crashes into tree in North San Juan

CalStar helicopter flies a man from a local state park to Roseville Medical Center. The man had suffered injuries from crashing into a tree while riding on an ATV in the San Juan Ridge.
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A man driving an ATV crashed into a tree in the San Juan Ridge Saturday, and was transported to a local state park and air-lifted via CalStar helicopter to a trauma center in the Sacramento Valley.

“We got the call around 12:30 p.m. (Saturday), and made contact with him maybe 15 minutes later,” North San Juan Fire Protection District Captain Rainy Laura Blue Cloud said Sunday. “He had hit a tree on an ATV, he was not wearing a helmet, and his friends had helped him out onto the road way.”

According to Cloud, the man was found three miles down a dirt road on Bear Trap Springs Road in Nevada City with multiple injuries. North San Juan EMT’s and the fire department, along with Cal Fire firefighters aided the man whom Cloud said had potential spinal injuries.

“There was a whole group of people there, and at least two or three others were riding ATVs,” Cloud said. “We proceeded to do a C-spine on the man, mobilizing his neck and his back on a back board. We took vital signs and prepared him for transport in the ambulance.”

Cloud says the man was conscious at the time and was taken by the Sierra Nevada Memorial ambulance to a landing zone in Malakoff Diggins State Park. A CalStar helicopter then flew the patient to Roseville Medical Center, Cloud said. While the cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed, Cloud said she believes the man was not riding the ATV fast, and that there were no signs of drug or alcohol use suspected.

“He said he was chasing somebody,” Cloud said. “They were just goofing around, but that’s unconfirmed.”

Cloud said local state park staff also assisted with the accident as well, adding that “It’s another really good example of a multi-agency response to a big accident, and so I’m glad we had a lot of agencies available… It’s just really excellent that there’s this interagency cooperation between these different agencies.”

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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