ATV rider in critical condition

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 46 year old Welland man is in critical condition at Hamilton General Hospital after crashing his ATV on railway tracks inside Townline Tunnel Sunday afternoon, said Niagara Regional Police.
Welland Fire and Emergency Services Platoon Chief John Infantino said firefighters were called to the scene when other ATV riders came across the male inside the tunnel, which runs parallel to Townline Tunnel Rd., also known as Hwy. 58A.
A police investigation determined the man was driving a Honda ATV eastbound through the tunnel, lost control and was thrown from the machine.
“The operator was seriously injured … and remained within the tunnel,” police said in a release.
Police did not know how long it had been between the time the man crashed and when he was found.
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 semiconscious when firefighters and Niagara EMS paramedics arrived, and was off to the side of his flipped ATV.
Firefighters, said Infantino, had to cut a lock on a gate leading to a stone road down to the tracks so an ambulance could get closer to the scene.
Infantino said CP Rail stopped all trains as emergency workers tended to the man.
He 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, and airlifted him to the Hamilton hospital.
Police are asking witnesses with information regarding the crash to contact investigators at 905-735-7811 ext. 5500.

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