Man injured in ATV accident sent to hospital in Seattle

Posted: Friday, January 05, 2001

A Juneau man is in critical condition following an all-terrain vehicle accident near Lemon Creek early this morning.

Jordan Irwin, 20, the driver of the ATV, suffered head trauma and chest injury. His injuries, including a closed head wound and a collapsed lung on the left side, necessitated his being medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle at 4:45 a.m., said Marijo Toner, Bartlett Regional Hospital spokeswoman.

Irwin's condition was listed as critical, with a possible heart valve injury, as of 11:30 a.m., said Harborview spokeswoman Marcia Rule.

Micheal Guthrie, 16, the passenger, left the emergency room at 3 a.m. under his own power before he could be diagnosed, Toner said.

"Guthrie said the two were riding the four-wheeler without headlights at a high rate of speed on Anka Street," said police Capt. Tom Porter. "Just as Guthrie told Irwin to put on his lights, the vehicle struck a closed gate and rolled over, pinning Irwin underneath."

Neither was wearing a helmet."

Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.com.





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