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Frankfort woman airlifted in ORV crash

Two women were injured Saturday in Frankfort after an off-road vehicle crash.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 9:03 AM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 11:08 AM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Two women were injured Saturday in Frankfort after an off-road vehicle crash, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. One of the women had to be airlifted from the scene.

Around 5 p.m., officers were called to the 300 block W on County Road 425 North. That's about five miles north of downtown Frankfort. 

Conservation officers said Barbara Brown, 41 of Frankfort, and Shelley Peterson, 44 of Frankfort, were both riding a four-wheeler. Witnesses said Brown was driving and swerved to miss a wood pile. The four-wheeler rolled, and both women were thrown from the vehicle. Neither woman was wearing a helmet.

Officers said the ORV landed on top of Brown, who was unconscious. She had "significant head trauma" and was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, according to the DNR.

Peterson was taken to IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette for cuts and bruises.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. 

Following the crash, conservation officers are stressing the importance of wearing a helmet and other safety equipment while on an off road vehicle. For safety information while on an ORV, click here.

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