ATV crash sends Banks-area man to hospital

Banks – A local Banks-area man suffered life threatening injuries during an ATV crash near Azure Drive, about two miles north of Banks.

According to Scott Adams, Banks Fire District #13 Public Information Officer, Banks Fire District responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

The vehicle involved in the crash. Image from Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to the Banks Fire District, a variety of local law enforcement and emergency responders, including Metro West Ambulance, North Plains Police, Oregon State Police, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrived to find an as-yet unnamed 40-year-old male patient suffering life-threatening injuries after being pinned under an ATV/side by side that had rolled over on private property.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the man was not wearing a seat belt or helmet at the time of the crash, and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

“With the warmer temperatures, deputies see more people using their off-road vehicles on both private and public lands,” read a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. “The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reminds recreational vehicle enthusiasts to use all available safety equipment, particularly helmets and seatbelts.”

The patient was transported via Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

This article has been updated with additional information from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sources and more information:

Banks Fire District #13 Public Information Officer Scott Adams
Washington County Sheriff’s Office Media Release