4 injured, including 2 children, in North Georgia ATV wreck


A North Georgia man was airlifted to the hospital Saturday evening following an ATV crash that also injured a woman and two children in Calhoun.

According to investigators, a 2004 Yamaha Moto ATV was traveling east on Horizon Hills Road near Old Fairmount Highway when the engine stalled and the 4-wheeler began rolling backward.

The driver, 21-year-old Trisha Martinez of Calhoun, told police her brakes weren’t working either. On the back of her ATV was  9-year-old Jackson Corley, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

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The driver of a second ATV, 23-year-old William Turner  of Fairmount, attempted to get behind Martinez to keep her from rolling backward, witnesses told police at the scene. 
As he did, he struck the side of her ATV, causing it to roll over. The impact of the crash also caused Turner's vehicle to flip onto its side, authorities said.

Turner had two passengers on his ATV, 26-year-old Amber Newport and 5-year-old Braden Newport, both of Calhoun, according to the GSP.

Turner was injured in the wreck and had to be airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Martinez was not injured in the crash, but the 9-year-old on her ATV and both of Turner’s passengers were. All three were taken to Floyd Medical Center in Rome.

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Updates on their conditions weren’t immediately available, and no other details have been released.

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