UPDATE: One dead in Sunday morning ATV crash

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office say one man is dead and two others are injured following an ATV crash on Route 302 in Van Lear Sunday morning.

You're looking at what remains of the ATV that officials say crashed into the side of a mountain around 5:00AM Sunday in Van Lear.

“There was four, "four-wheelers" riding together. The lead vehicle lost control, and Brandon Powers was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on scene by the coroner,” says Terry Tussey, of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say 26-year-old Brandon Powers of Auxier was one of three people who were riding in the two-seater, and was sitting on someone’s lap at the time of the accident. The other two survived.

“The other two were taken to a hospital with serious, but non life threatening injuries, and they were also transported to another hospital,” Tussey said.

Jim Conley, who was tasked with removing the vehicle from the scene, describes what he observed.

“When we got over to the scene, the ATV was actually in the road, almost on the center line. Apparently it had struck a rock cliff (sic) and turned over and landed back in the middle of the road,” Conley said.

Officials say they are still investigating what caused the ATV to lose control, and they are not releasing any other details at this time. They are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say the other two riders in the ATV were taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville Sunday, and were later transferred to a hospital in West Virginia. Their names are not being released at this time.


Original Story:

One man is dead following an ATV crash in Johnson County.

Brandon "Doodle" Powers, 26, was riding as a passenger on the driver's lap. Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said the driver of the ATV lost control and hit a ditch. Powers was thrown from the ATV and died at the scene.

It happened on Kentucky Route 302 in Van Lear around 5:00 Sunday morning.

Two other people were taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The Johnson County Sheriff's office is investigating the crash.

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