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Man Thrown Off ATV in Mud Muckers’ Park Is Evacuated by Fire Flight

| February 8, 2013

The victim's ATV, where it stood after the accident. (© FlaglerLive)

The victim’s ATV, where it stood after the accident. (© FlaglerLive)

Mud Muckers, Bunnell’s enormous off-road park, is holding its monthly all-trails-open weekends today through Sunday, and trails across the park’s 11,000 acres were busy with riders.

In later afternoon Friday, a frequent visitor to Mud Muckers, riding an all-terrain vehicle at no more than 20 miles an hour, according to authorities at the scene, somehow lost control and was thrown from the vehicle, precipitating a trauma alert.

The accident took place on an unpaved trail deep inside woods, some two miles west of State Road 11, well north of Cody’s Corner. (See below.) Flagler County Fire Rescue units responded, as did Fire Flight, the county’s helicopter. It took both ground and air responders a while to locate the site. Two women proved key guides: Amanda Hutto and Jessica White, of Bunnell, who had an ATV of their own, and who stood by the obscure entrance to the grounds by Route 11, catching responders’ attention.

Fire Flight was guided in and landed on a very small, uneven landing zone (too small for even the rescue units to use to turn around to get back out later). It was there a matter of minutes before the victim, a man believed to be in his early 50s but whose identity is unknown, was on board and flying toward Halifax hospital’s trauma unit in Daytona Beach. The victim suffered multiple fractures, but a witness at the scene said he was awake and talking.

If anyone can contribute the man’s identity and his condition, please leave the information in the comments or email the editor.

Where the ATV Accident Happened (Coordinates 29 24.66N , 81 19.81W):


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7 Responses for “Man Thrown Off ATV in Mud Muckers’ Park Is Evacuated by Fire Flight”

  1. John Boy says:

    Second time in six months that the taxpayers pickup the tab for the same private company running a for profit business company when things go wrong. Suggest that the BCC ensure that all costs get transferred to the business owner.

  2. Jason says:

    Second time?
    Flagler Road and Bridge drags the road going to Mud Muckers once to twice a week so the residents that live on that street can drive home. The drunks dragging trailers at 40-60mph down the dirt road has made ripples 6″ deep.
    DUI check points at the gate would probably pay for several flights and the county to run the grade all once a month.

  3. Michelle says:

    I have heard that the gentleman transported out by Fire Flight passed away. Does anyone have an update as to the truth of the rumor?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello, I am John Shipman. This man was my son Michael wayne Lee. He passed away on Feb. 21,2013 We miss him dearly and are struggling to find out more details from those on the scene and to ask for any pictures that might have been taken . to please share them with us. If anyone heard Michael say anything before he was taken to Halifax please share that with us . Thanks shipmanj@centurylink.net

    • Belinda Lee Florio says:

      Does anyone have any additional info from this accident, the gentleman was my brother, Michael Lee.
      He was a frequent visitor at Mudmuckers. This accident has devistated our entire family…if you have any information even if you think it is not of importance, it may very well be.. PLEASE CONTACT ME. Belindaflorio@yahoo.com

    • Linda says:

      His name is Michael Wayne ,he passed on the 21 th of Fed . Michael is my son .If you know anythind please post .

    • Anonymous says:

      YES HE DIED TWO WEEKS LATER . WAS ON LIFE SUPPORT THE HOLE TIME, HE WAS MY DAD

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