KANE – A 14-year-old boy was injured Tuesday evening when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was operating collided with a westbound vehicle on Route 321 at Apollo Drive in East Kane, Wetmore Township.
A medical helicopter transported the boy to a hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. The extent of his injuries were unknown Tuesday evening.
The four persons in the vehicle did not sustain major injuries, according to Kane Fire Chief Tim Holt. The vehicle flipped onto its side and the ATV and boy were trapped beneath the wreckage, sources said.
State Police Troopers Dale Vukovich and Ted Race were at the scene along with Kane Borough Police Officer Derrick Snyder.
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene at 7:32 p.m. Tuesday, Holt said.
The firefighters set up a landing zone for the helicopter in a field adjacent to the Highlander Energy building on Apollo Drive.
According to sources, the boy was operating a red ATV when he crossed Route 321 from the south side and came into the path of the northbound vehicle.
Kane Fire Police assisted at the scene and Route 321 was closed in both directions for about one hour. Emergycare Ambulance from Kane also responded to the accident scene. Zook Motors of Kane towed the vehicle from the scene.
Holt said the fire department also responded to a minor traffic accident Tuesday at Hacker and Bayard streets in the borough of Kane.
The 2006 Ford Explorer was operated by William M. Connelly, age 63, of Ridgway, and was traveling north. The ATV failed to yield to Connelly's vehicle as it entered the roadway from the west was subsequently impacted.
Also in the Ford Explorer was Lisa M.Connelly, age 48, of Ridgway, Paul J. Williams, age 36, of Johnsonburg, and Erica L. Williams, age 35, also of Johnsonburg. William Connelly suffered minor injuries.
The Kane-based state police were assisted at the scene by the Kane Borough Police Department, the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, and emergency medical personnel.
Pick up a copy of the Thursday, July 5, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.