Fatal ATV Accident In Magoffin County

A Magoffin County man is dead after an ATV accident Friday.

It happened in the Gunlock community around six o'clock. Police say John Salyer of Gunlock was riding his ATV down a hill and hit a downed tree. Police say he was thrown from the ATV and hit his head on a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say he was not wearing a helmet.

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  • by Saddened Location: neighborhood on Jul 4, 2008 at 12:03 PM
    I am a neighbor of John and like DJ stated, he was one of the safest ATV drivers in the area. He respected the rules of ATV riding. What happened was an unfortunate accident that could happen to any of us at any given time, helmet or no helmet. We need to put our energy into prayers for the family instead of complaining about things that cannot be changed. John Wayne was loved, respected by all and will be missed in this small community.
  • by DJ (John's step-son) Location: breathitt co. ky on Jul 2, 2008 at 12:44 PM
    The man driving the ATV in this accident had more common sense than what most of you have (you people REALLY need to check your grammer--btw). He had ridden motorcycles and ATVs for 40 years of his life, and a malfunction in his brakes was the cause of this accident, not lack of common sense! A helmet would not save your life either if you had your face punctured by a tree limb!! So please, continue to believe that you know it all, while his family tries to pick up the pieces!
  • by get a job Location: charles on Jul 1, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    charles you need to quit cryin about 4 wheelers drugs is what kills alot of people you need to get a job you got to much time on your hands from lost creek
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Jun 30, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    If operated properly, ATVs are no more dangerous than motorcycles. The unfortunate things is that even if you take a class on ATV safety, they don't give out classes for common sense. That is the main reason people get killed on these things; lack of common sense. Wouldn't it be great if common sense really was "common?"
  • by 4wheeling4life Location: Turkey Foot Ky on Jun 30, 2008 at 06:12 AM
    2 words NO HELMET
  • by BIGE Location: KY on Jun 29, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    Wearing Protective Gear such as a Helment is the best defense against getting you head smashed . Remember that your Brain absorpes the own impact without the helment what ever you head hits don't give and you brain takes the impact. So wearing that helment will help absorb some of the impact and just maybe save you life . To many people say it want happen to me . You never know when your going to meet your maker so be prepared and be safe .
  • by TK Location: MN on Jun 29, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    I'll try this again. As I was inquiring about the safety(free) training courses that is offered with the purchase of a new ATV, are KY residents taking advantage of this? Are courses offered regardless of the ATV being a new purchase? I don't know how it is with other ATV manufactures, but I know Polaris offered the free safety courses, because both my husband and I took advantage of it when we both bought our ATVs last year.
  • by TK Location: MN on Jun 29, 2008 at 09:31 AM
    All the ATV safety training in the world will not keep one from having an accident, but it's better than none at all. Having a helmet on would provide anyone more protection then none at all. Does a KY resident take advantage of the safety training that is provided with the purchase of a new ATV? I'm just cur
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Jun 29, 2008 at 07:07 AM
    The story in the Lex. HL. said"witnesses stated he took off down the hill at a HIGH RATE OF SPEED and could not stop",maybe, just maybe if you people would SLOW DOWN you might not kill yourselves out, but anyhow they are not meant to be driven down the highway at all much less wide open. Is it just me or is everyone calling themselves Anonymous? strive to be different.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2008 at 06:31 AM
    It's not about where one rides an ATV. In this case, the rider hit a downed tree and this could have happened anywhere. Unfortunately, this perosn lost their life and their family has my condolences. I have raced and ridden dirt bikes and currently ride street bikes. I am an advocate of wearing proper protective gear. The story states the rider was not wearing a helmet. Would one have save his life? Maybe, maybe not. But it's possible he might have survived if he had been. I think rider safety and safety training needs ot be looked at because KY is becoming a leader in ATV related fatalities. Again, the family has my conodolences.
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