By Doug Ireland direland@eagletribune
---- — SANDOWN — A Hampton woman seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday has been released from the hospital.
Katie Wilson, 30, was traveling along the Rockingham rail trail when the ATV she was driving flipped over and landed on top of her, according to conservation officer Justin Ferland of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Wilson tried to slow the ATV down while approaching a wooden bridge, but ended up striking it after she was hit by the ATV following her, Ferland said.
“After the initial rollover, the ATV was pushed into the bridge,” he said.
The second ATV was operated by Wilson’s father, Todd Bray, 67, of Hampton. Riding on the back was Wilson’s 7-year-old son, who was thrown from the vehicle, Ferland said.
All three were taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry for treatment, he said. Bray and the boy received minor injuries and were released that day. Ferland said.
Although Wilson was seriously injured, Parkland spokeswoman Nancy Notis said yesterday that she has since been released.
Ferland said the injuries, especially Wilson’s, could have been much worse if the three had not been wearing helmets. Wilson’s helmet was cracked, he said.
“This serious incident underscores the importance of always wearing a helmet when operating an ATV or snow machine,” he said. “Katie’s helmet sustained a severe impact and likely saved her life.
Relatives and other trail users called for help.
Sandown police and rescue personnel responded along with Ferland and Fish and Game conservation officer Geoffrey Pushee.
Ferland said the accident remains under investigation. The bridge’s railing will need to be repaired, he said.