SHAWNEE — The Shawnee Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident at the Tecumseh Trails ATV park along state Route 155. The result of the crash left one patient suffering from injuries with crews transporting the patient to a trauma center.

According to Shawnee Fire Chief John Arkley, the call came in at approximately 10:23 a.m. on Saturday with crews dispatching just two minutes after the call.

The fire chief reported to The Perry County Tribune that the scene involved two bike riders who “got together on one of the main trails… resulting in the accident.” He added that the traveling duo was father and son who were located just around a quarter to a half mile from the head of the trail.

In order for medical crews to reach the crash victim, the volunteer department used a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) carrying the medics from New Lexington EMS to the victim. Other UTV’s from New Straitville and the Tecumseh Trails were used to carry additional fire personnel.

The victim of the crash was a 55-year-old male who was transported by New Lexington EMS to the Shawnee landing zone to be airlifted. The male was then transported to Ohio State University by Medflight. The helicopter lifted from the area at around 11:26 a.m. at the landing zone.

“He had significant but non life-threatening injuries,” Arkley stated.

According to Arkley, this accident was one of amongst three calls the Shawnee department responded to on Saturday as well as being the most serious.

“It seemed like a very busy day for public safety forces in Perry County,” Arkley said.

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