ATV rider crashes inside tunnel

An Ornge air ambluance takes off from Welland hospital carrying an injured ATV rider.

An Ornge air ambluance takes off from Welland hospital carrying an injured ATV rider.

A male was airlifted to hospital following an ATV crash on the railway tracks inside Townline Tunnel Sunday afternoon.
Welland Fire and Emergency Services Platoon Chief John Infantino said firefighters were called when another ATV rider came across the male inside the tunnel, which runs adjacent to Townline Tunnel Rd.
“There was an ATV rider on the side of the road flagging us down,” said Infantino.
Niagara EMS paramedics, Niagara Regional Police and a representative from CP Rail, which operates the tracks, also responded to the east side of the tunnel.
Infantino said the crash took place between two sets of train tracks, which sit about three metres apart, inside the tunnel.
He said there were wooden ties on a stone road in between the train tracks and it appeared the injured rider hit the ties and flipped.
The rider was semi-conscious when firefighters and paramedics arrived and was off to the side of his flipped ATV. It was unknown how long the injured rider had been in the tunnel.
Firefighters,said Infantino, had to cut a lock on a gate leading to a stone road down to the tracks, which sit lower than Townline Rd.
An ambulance made its way down to the tunnel on the stone road.
Infantino said CP Rail stopped all trains as emergency workers tended to the male.
The male was transported to Welland Hospital, with a firefighter joining paramedics on board the ambulance.
An Ornge helicopter was already waiting at the hospital’s landing pad, just southwest of the Woolcott Wing.
The male was transported to another hospital with unknown injuries.
Police were investigating the crash, and no other details are available at this time.

An Ornge air ambluance takes off from Welland hospital carrying an injured ATV rider.

An Ornge air ambluance takes off from Welland hospital carrying an injured ATV rider.

 

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