KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – An Etna Green man is in serious condition after he was thrown off of his all terrain vehicle (ATV) when he drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle Saturday morning.
Indiana Conservation Officers said it happened around 9:43 a.m. near the St.Rd.19 and St.Rd.10 intersection. Herman Baldwin, 59, was plowing snow with his ATV when he turned into the path of an oncoming vehicle, officers said.
Tiffany Halterman, 27, of Akron, Indiana couldn’t stop because of the slick roads and the abrupt turn Baldwin had made into her path. Halterman’s vehicle hit the plow on the ATV, spinning it around and throwing Baldwin off. He suffered a broken neck and was initially transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital. He was later transported to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was in serious condition as of Sunday night. Halterman was not hurt.
Investigators said Baldwin didn’t hear the oncoming vehicle because he was wearing ear plugs and a heavy hat over his ears. Indiana Conservation Officers issued this reminder: “[Conservation Officers] strongly encourage operators of ATVs to wear helmets at all times. When operating ATVs on public roadways it is imperative to be aware at all times for oncoming traffic. Use hand signals when making turns, and always visually confirm a clear route of travel before making turns or crossing intersections.”