Fatal ATV Accident

A Johnson County man is dead after an ATV accident Monday night.

It happened on route 3 in the Van Lear community.

State police say 49-year old Dwight D. Ratliff of Hager Hill was on an ATV on private property when he lost control and flipped.

Ratliff was pronounced dead at the Highlands Regional Medical Center.

Police suspect alcohol was involved in the accident.


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  • by Dave Location: Knott on Aug 1, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    There was a fatal ATV accident at Chaffins Branch in Knott County last week. Why wasn't that reported?
  • by DAN Location: mount sterling on Aug 1, 2007 at 09:51 AM
    WOLF COUNTY WANTS TO PASS LAW TO ALLOW ATV USE ON COUNTY ROADS IS OUT OF THE QUESTION. PEOPLE DO NOT FOLLOW THE LAWS NOW ON ATV USE. IT WILL OPEN THE COUNTY UP FOR RIDERS FROM OTHER COUNTIES TO RIDE ON THEIR ROADS. WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WITH RIDERS ON THE ROADS BECAUSE THE PRESENT LAWS ARE NOT ENFORCED. WHEN YOU HAVE POLICE OFFICERS STANDING IN THEIR YARD WAVING AT RIDERS AS THEY PASS BY ON PUBLIC ROADS, THE LAWS WILL NOT BE OBEYED. IF THE LAW IS CHANGED FOR WAYNE COUNTY OTHERS WILL FOLLOW. THE LOCAL HOSPITAL IN WAYNE COUNTY WILL HAVE PLENTY OF BUSINESS AND THERE WILL BE A REGULAR HELLICOPTER ROUTE TO LEXINGTON WITH INJURED RIDERS.
  • by Rose Location: Knott on Aug 1, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    It seems every day we hear of a fatal ATV accident and now they plan to give these riders more roads on which to travel. Here in our area, on the one lane back roads, we already face ATV's in dangerous settings on a regular basis. Very few of these people are responsible drivers. Most are youngsters out for the fun of it. And the rest are questionable as to what the heck they are doing. Insurance and helmets should be mandatory but keeping them off main roads is the best answer. Can you imagine, coal trucks vs. ATV's? It will happen.
  • by Joey Location: Lexington on Aug 1, 2007 at 07:33 AM
    These ATV deaths are ridiculous. No helmet, high speeds, alcohol, underage drivers, etc...it's no wonder KY ranks #1 in ATV deaths. Wise up people; no more deaths from these things.

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