Woman airlifted from ATV accident | SummitDaily.com

Woman airlifted from ATV accident

SUMMIT COUNTY – A woman was airlifted to Denver Saturday with possible spinal injuries after her all-terrain vehicle rolled over her.

Summit County Search and Rescue volunteers and Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted shortly after noon that Northglenn resident Dena Nelson was injured in the vicinity of the Middle Swan drainage above Tiger Road outside Breckenridge. According to Search and Rescue liaison Jim Koegel, Nelson, 44, is a novice four-wheeler and ventured above treeline on her ATV, accompanied by her husband. Koegel guessed that the woman realized the scree field was too difficult, and when she turned to the side, the ATV rolled. Paramedics believed the woman injured several vertebrae, and a helicopter was called in to fly the woman to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver. The rescue was complete by 4 p.m. Nelson is listed in stable condition in a step-down unit at St. Anthony’s Central.

“Be careful when you’re a beginner,” Koegel said. “Don’t assume you’re ready for a big mountain.”

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