ATV crash

Wisconsin DNR

The state's top recreational safety person says being smart with an ATV or UTV this deer hunting season is essential.

The vehicles have proven to be an increasingly popular with hunters.

The DNR's ATV safety administrator Gary Eddy says operators might run into paths that they aren't used to taking....

"....their going to come across obstacles like stumps or steep terrain and loose gravel or leaves that they're not expecting. Safety is of utmost importance...."

Rhinelander Man Dies in UTV Fatality

Sep 22, 2014

A UTV accident in the town of Little Rice has left a Rhinelander man dead. 

52-year-old Richard T. Johnson was killed when his UTV apparently left the roadway when going around a curve on Gobbler Lake Road, northwest of Tomahawk. 

According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened on Saturday night at about 10:40 pm.

A woman passenger was also injured and was transported to a Wausau hospital. 

Her name has not been released.

ATV Safety Classes Could Reduce Deaths

Oct 21, 2013
Robert Thigpen

With ATV deaths hitting a high mark this year, ATV safety certification may be more important than ever.

Oneida County Sheriff’s Department helps put on ATV safety classes four times a year.  Deputy Brad Fogerty says his classes emphasize rules and regulations. 

“Rules of the road.  And what causes the majority of the crashes.  In every class I pull out the fatality sheet, and we actually go through each of them, and look at, this is how people are getting hurt, this is how people are dying riding an ATV.  And a lot of it is just basic safety rules.

Two Tomahawk area ATV drivers were arrested Thursday after both of their vehicles collided near Tomahawk.

A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy reported seeing the pair westbound on county "A" at the U.S. 51 intersection. The deputy lost sight of the operators but found them crashed at Moodig Road.

The report indicates both drivers lost control at the Moodig intersection, with the first driver trying to turn sharply and losing control and the second driver crashing into the first ATV.

Both operators...Ronald J.