Fruita man killed in ATV crash north of New Castle |

Fruita man killed in ATV crash north of New Castle

A 30-year-old Fruita man died Monday in an ATV crash north of New Castle toward the Flat Tops Wilderness.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said the man had been camping and was going home when he lost control on a switchback and was thrown from the ATV, which came to rest on top of him.

The man’s name was withheld pending notification of relatives and the coroner’s examination.

Garfield County sheriff’s spokesman Walt Stowe said in a news release that deputies were notified of the wreck at about 9 a.m. The incident occurred approximately 13 miles up County Road 243.

It was the second fatal ATV accident this season in Garfield County. Beau Richey, 16, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, died May 28 in a crash on private property near Silt when he lost control on a curve, was thrown and the machine landed on top of him.

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A helicopter was needed Monday to locate three hikers who apparently got lost Sunday in the Trappers Lake-Devil’s Causeway area of the Flat Tops.

In a separate news release, Stowe said that at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was told that a 21-year-old woman, 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old male were several hours late returning. Parents said the three were not dressed for bad weather.

Search and Rescue deployed rescuers at 5:40 a.m. Monday. At 7:10 a.m., a Forest Service officer said he was in contact with the parents of the missing youths. The parents had received a couple of voicemails from the missing group overnight saying they were OK and had some water and snacks with them. Their planned route was the short loop on Devils Causeway, but they were still missing.

The Search and Rescue team began their search from Trappers Lake, and a Forest Service ranger along with a sergeant from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the parents began a search from the Yampa side. SAR also requested that Routt County deploy a ground team to respond to the Yampa side for assistance.

A helicopter was called in to assist and had located the three by early afternoon. Ground teams worked to reach them and get them out of the backcountry by dark.

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