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Kosciusko County teen survives ATV crash, officials cite helmet use

Kosciusko County teen survives all-terrain vehicle crash, authorities cite use of helmet in survival.

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 18, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.

CLAYPOOL — A 13-year-old survived an accident while driving an all-terrain vehicle and authorities cite his use of a helmet and goggles.

After jumping a ramp while on his ATV at his home in Claypool in Kosciusko County, Mason Johnson was thrown from the vehicle and crashed to the ground, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, May 18.

“Mason’s head contacted the ground. Mason was wearing a helmet and goggles, which investigating officer Nathan Hooley credits with dramatically lessening his injuries and possibly even saving his life,” said the DNR press release.

The teen was diagnosed in Kosciusko County with a concussion and later transferred to a hospital in Fort Wayne for care. The crash occurred Friday.

Head injuries are one of the most common injuries in ATV accidents involving operators not wearing helmets. With ATV activity expected to increase with the approach of summer, the DNR advises ATV operators to use helmets and ride responsibly.

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