Warden: Game commission maintenance worker struck by ATV, flown to trauma center

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Jul. 19—GORDON — A maintenance worker with the Pennsylvania Game Commission was injured when he was struck by an ATV on a dirt road on state gamelands in Butler Township Monday morning.

Game Warden Jason Macunas with the game commission's southeast district said the incident happened on Stagecoach Road at the eastern end of the borough around 11 a.m.

He said the worker, who was not immediately identified, suffered injuries to his leg and was treated the scene and then flown to a trauma center by helicopter.

Macunas explained that Stagecoach Road is a dirt road that ends in a dead end with a game commission parking area. Due to the number of ATVs using the road the came commission installed a gate to block off the parking lot.

He said that gate was damaged at least one time in the past two weeks and that the worker was in that area making repairs to the gate or doing other maintenance.

Macunas said the worker saw the ATV speeding in the area and tried to signal the driver to slow down but was struck in the leg by the vehicle causing serious injuries.

Although the injuries were serious Macunas said they did not appear to be life threatening.

After hitting the worker the driver of the ATV, a juvenile, fled the area but was located hours later by Butler Township Police Chief Edward Tarantelli on Birch Street, Macunas said.

Tarentelli said he was able to identify the vehicle using information put out by the game commission but locating it took time.

The chief said he saw a vehicle fitting the description hours later and followed the driver until he parked the ATV in a side yard at 112 W. Biddle St.

At that time the juvenile was taken into custody, Tarantelli said.

Chuck Lincoln, a law enforcement supervisor with the game commission, said charges will be filed against the juvenile in connection with the incident.

He confirmed the maintenance worker had two broken bones in the shin area of one leg and possible other injuries as a result of being hit.

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