January 2, 2018

A hunter was injured early Monday afternoon when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was operating hit a stump and overturned in woods about 2.5 miles west of U.S. 421 in western Wilkes County.

The victim had a cell phone and was able to call another hunter in the woods some distance away. The other hunter met a member of the Champion Fire Department in a field near the South Prong of Lewis Fork Creek, U.S. 421 and the base of the Blue Ridge Mountain escarpment within about five minutes after 911 was called and emergency personnel were dispatched.

Champion first responders and Wilkes Rescue Squad members reached the victim on ATVs and he was transported out of the woods on a Wilkes Rescue Squad ATV. Wilkes Emergency Medical Services also responded.

Emergency personnel said the victim was conscious and alert and didn’t appear to have life-threatening injuries. He was transported by AirCare helicopter from the field at the base of the mountain to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The victim and the other hunter were hunting on a tract of about 1,000 acres on Dividing Ridge that is controlled by a hunting club.

Emergency personnel said the victim was from Harrisburg, which is near Charlotte. No additional details were available on his condition.


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