Two Atv Incidents Over Weekend

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Two people were involved in quad incidents this weekend, one man was turned around on a forest road and another was turned upside down in a ditch.

A 77-year-old Heber man was out hunting with his son on an ATV near A-Cross Road in Long Gulch when he fell backward and injured his back Friday, said Tonto Basin Fire Department information officer Jeannine Cheek. She said the man was driving out of a deep ditch when he flipped back across the seat and could not move.

Tonto Fire responded around 4 p.m. with an ambulance.

The Department of Public Safety airlifted the man to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Hospital with minor injuries.

Tonto Rim Search and Rescue was called to assist, but Commander Bill Pitterle called his crew back after he realized a rescue crew was not needed.

On Sunday, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue was called out again to assist a man lost on his ATV in the Flowing Springs area.

Pitterle said he sent two people out on quads to escort the man back to his car after he became disoriented at the intersection of Forest Road 1170 and 1171.

The man was uninjured except for his ego.

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