published Thursday, December 8th, 2011

McMinn County: 3 injured in crash of 2 ATVs

Three people were airlifted to Erlanger hospital tonight after two ATVs crashed on State Highway 305 in McMinn County.

Zachary Schultz 22, was driving a 2003 Yamaha ATV when his vehicle hit a 2007 Honda ATV being driven by Dylan Eichenberger, 19, of Niota, Tenn., according to Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Dalya Qualls.

Schultz, 20-year-old Malora Buckner and 19-year-old Chasity Grant were all airlifted to Erlanger hospital at about 7 p.m.

At 10:30 p.m., Qualls reported that Schultz had died, but at 11:45 p.m. she retracted, saying that he had not been officially pronounced dead.

Buckner and Grant are still in critical condition, according to Qualls.

Buckner rode on the back of Schultz's ATV and Grant rode on the back of Eichenberger's, Qualls said.

Eichenberger suffered minor injuries, Qualls said.

Schultz’s vehicle hit Eichenberger’s in the rear, Qualls said, throwing all four passengers off the vehicles. None of them were wearing a helmet, she said.

Speed also seems to be a factor in the accident, Qualls said.

The speed limit on the road is 55 mph.

Correction: The original version of this story reported one person had died in the accident.

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Echo said...

Quads suck. They should be shot on sight. They tear up trials so the trails get closed down. Stupid parents let their kids ride them unsupervised. They are often screaming down trails with little thought to people riding the other way. If you can't do it on two wheels, get off the trail.

As for the street, who cares what the speed limit is? A public road is for registered vehicles right?

No helmets. Brilliant. How long will it take for some knee jerk reactionary politician seeking insurance lobbyist money to get some law passed so a leisurely ride on 100F day requires a helmet.

Great work with the donormobiles. May the new owners of the donated organs give them better use.

December 9, 2011 at 12:42 a.m.
justme said...

wow! u are one sensitive peice of crap. Just for your information the person who u are so flippitly refering to worked as not only a volunteer firefighter ut also worked as emt. the road in reference while called a hwy is out in the country..and its very common around here. oh and btw he is not dead, very damn near it but not dead. u could offer up this family a prayer instead of acting like some peice of crap.

December 9, 2011 at 1:14 a.m.
dabbscr said...

I agree, Echo you are just a little out of line. So I take it you have ALWAYS taken ALL precautionary measures when you are out doing something. You may just have a car wreck if a deer runs out in front of you running 70-80mph on the freeway, guess what? That is just on less EMT out there to take care of your accidental butt!! When you see the family hurting there at the hospital and know a little about what they are going thru, you wouldn't be so damn judgemental.

December 9, 2011 at 1:45 a.m.
RetiredMarshal said...

QUOTE: None of them were wearing helmets,they should make ita law that all users of ATV are required to wear a hemet.why do you think they call them "BRAIN BUCKETS"or "SKID LIDS".

December 9, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
Bumpkin said...


What kind of idiot would ride a quad without a helmet?

Oh and dirt bikes rip up trails just as bad if not worse.

December 9, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.
DixieBandit4 said...

What kind of stupid moron talks trash about some one dead oh that would be echo if i could reach through this computer i would smack you till you was on life support show some respect for zach you piece of trash if you cant say nothin out of respect then shut your damn mouth

December 12, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.
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