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It only takes a split second
It only takes a split second
We had six club members and three guests join us for the ride. Weather and trail conditions were excellent.

All went well until we visited the hang glider jumping off station on the north edge of Mingus Mountain. When we started the engines for the trip to the rest area at the entrance of the recreational are off 89A one of the UTV would not start. He was towed to that location for easy pick up after the ride if it could not be fixed.

Rather than take FS 413 along the North side of Mingus we chose an alternate route, a less used trail about 2 miles north towards Jerome. This trail would take us above Jerome and eventually to Jerome - Perkensville Road, (FS318).

All went well with a few challenges along the way until we were about ½ mile from FS318. At N 34° 45.782 W 112° 8.955 there is a very challenging off camber area about 25’in length. One by one we traversed the hazard until Ron T. lost control due to a rock and flipped his quad on its back.

Ron was pinned under the quad for some time before Grant Mc and several others were able to free him from under the quad. Along with several abrasions he had a severe cut on his upper arm and his right ankle appeared to be broken. (Later we found out it was a compound break)

We were able to get him down the mountain to the Jerome fire house where the para-medics were called. They were able to stabilize Ron and eventually transported him to the Verde Valley Hospital in Cottonwood where he would be operated on that evening and spend the night. Frannie came up from Phoenix with Peggy M. and spent the night with Ron.

To make a very long tale short; with the help of Peter B., by Sunday night Ron was home, his quad was brought back from Jerome, his truck was at home and Peggy M, Peter B. Frannie T., and Tom M., exhausted but thankful to put an end to a less than successful ride weekend.
Ron is now resting at home under the watchful eye of Frannie.
We wish him the best for a speedy recovery.

Oh yes, the rest of us did complete the ride but had to tow the Yamaha UTV part way back to the staging as it did run part of the trip home.

As a Foot Note: Many thanks to the Grant, Trish, Shannon W. Bill P, Jerry K and the three guests that helped to execrate Ron T. Chief Rusty Blair and the Para-Medics of Jerome deserve a very sincere THANK YOU for their work.

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Submitted by: tommur on 2017-08-25
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