OSSIAN — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty Thursday reported a Sheriff’s Office investigation into a serious UTV crash in the Town of Ossian.
On July 2 at approximately 10:02 p.m., the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) received a call for a serious UTV crash on McCurdy Road in the Town of Ossian.
Emergency personnel responded to a trail located on the south edge of the Skybrook Campgrounds where two occupants from the UTV were seriously injured and trapped approximately 80 feet down a steep embankment. Emergency crews were able to rescue the two from the ravine and provide medical attention.
The preliminary investigation of the crash revealed that several campers had gone for a ride on the trails adjacent to the campground. One of the campers was operating a golf cart that could not climb one of the trails. The UTV that crashed was turning around to help the stuck golf cart and in doing so, backed up too close to the edge of the ravine, causing it to roll over backwards until it came to rest in a group of trees.
The UTV was being driven by John M. Clark, 53, of Newark and Tammy M. Lord, 50, also of Newark, was a passenger. Both Clark and Lord were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of potentially life threatening injuries; one was flown by Mercy Flight Central and the other by Mercy Flight West.
The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
Members of the Sheriff's Office Command Staff, Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and Forensic Identification Unit, were on scene for the investigation. Also on scene were emergency personnel from the Dansville Fire Department, Dansville Ambulance, and Livingston County ALS.