Wednesday, October 4, 2023

[UPDATE]Horseback Riding Accident Near Laytonville Leaves Rider with Major Neck Injury

[Stock photo by Matt LaFever]

An ATV Rollover horseback riding accident near Laytonville left a rider with a major neck injury this afternoon requiring an air ambulance to be deployed to the scene.

Around 2:00 p.m. scanner traffic indicated bystanders who witnessed the rollover accident watched the rider fall on his neck.

Medical personnel who arrived on the scene described using a neck brace to stabilize the rider’s neck who was displaying signs of labored breathing.

The incident occurred somewhere in the vicinity of the Shamrock Ranch which will be used as the landing zone.

At 2:53 p.m., the Incident Commander reported that the air ambulance was airborne with the patient on board.

The helicopter landed in a horse coral [Photograph provided by the property owner where the incident occurred]

UPDATE 4:37 p.m.: The owner of the property where the accident occurred reached out to tell us the incident did not involve an ATV but a horse. She said the property she owns is a working ranch and a rider fell off a horse landing in the area of his head/neck.

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Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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