Snowmobile rider seriously injured after airborne crash

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
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GOSHEN A snowmobile rider was seriously injured Sunday afternoon, after crashing on Norfolk Southern railroad property in Goshen.

41-year-old Travis Eppert of Goshen sustained rib fractures and internal injuries, when his chest slammed in to the handle bars. He and a passenger, 43-year-old Stacey Callahan, rode over a snowbank with enough speed to go airborne. Eppert was injured when the snowmobile hit the ground.

Eppert drove the snowmobile home but quickly began experiencing medical problems. He was flown to a South Bend hospital and treated in the intensive care unit.

The investigation is ongoing and Indiana Conservation Officers are being assisted by the Norfolk Southern Rail Road Police. Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind all terrain vehicle operators to operate their snowmobiles or four wheelers on land where they have first secured permission to operate on. It is unlawful to trespass on Norfolk Southern Rail Road property.

This crash was the second serious crash in a matter of hours. 51-year-old James Downs, III from Rochester died in a crash Sunday morning

Indiana Conservation Officers ask snowmobile operators to ride responsibly. Ride within your limits especially when hauling passengers. Do not attempt to “ramp” snowbanks or any other terrain structure as this can lead to serious injuries or death. Always wear a helmet and ride only on land that you have permission to ride on and are familiar with.

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