Nearly every weekend, a quad rider gets injured in Rim Country. Last weekend was no exception, with a 65-year-old woman reportedly breaking several ribs when her quad landed on top of her.
The woman was riding her ATV with a group of friends on Forest Service Road 894 between the Flying W and 76 Ranch Sunday afternoon, said Gila County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Scott.
While driving up an embankment, the quad rolled and landed on top of her. “She was having trouble breathing so she may have broken some ribs,” Scott said.
She was in a remote area and it would have taken a ground crew several hours to reach the woman, so a Native Air helicopter flew in, picked her up and delivered her to a Scottsdale hospital.
Scott acknowledged it was amazing the riders had cell service in the area.
“They picked her up 200 yards from Soldier’s Camp on the road that goes from Young to Jake’s Corner,” Scott said. “It is a popular area for quading.”
ATV accidents occur frequently due to multiple factors, Scott said.
“Some of it is, people want to run them as fast as they can and sometimes you just hit something and you end up turning over, so anything can happen,” Scott said. “I don’t think quads are dangerous, just the situations they are put in.”