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UPDATE: ATV accident sends three to hospitals

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DADE COUNTY, GA (WRCB) A mother and her two young children are hospitalized following an early morning ATV crash, Tuesday.

The 30-year-old mother was driving her two boys ages 9 and 11 to the school bus stop Tuesday morning around 7.  The ATV crashed on private property off of Slygo road near Hwy 11.

"It was a pretty tremendous crash," said Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross. "From what we understand the throttle was hung up on the ATV and she struck rocks in the yard," said Sheriff Cross.

Deputies say they aren't sure what caused the throttle to stick, they believe the ATV was going fast when it flipped.

"It then threw them off the ATV about 30 feet in the air from what witnesses say,": said Cross.

Sheriff Cross says first responders wanted a helicopter to fly the kids to Chattanooga, but fog in the area prevented a safe flight from happening.

"We tried to get a hold of Life Force to get them to come to the scene but because of the fog today they couldn't fly. There is too much so they were taken by ambulance," said Sheriff Cross.

"Prayers definitely prayers...this family could use prayers, our school could use prayers," said Tracy Blevins, Dade County Elementary School Principal

Principal Blevins tells us the injured third grader is in intensive care. He is listed in critical condition.

"It hurts because I've known these children since they were 4 both of them. It hits close to home I have two girls of my own, so you just never know when something like this is going to happen," said Principal Blevins.

School officials said counselors are preparing to talk to students if needed and students are planning to write the family get well cards.

The condition of the injured 11 year old at this time is unknown. The two boys are being treated at an area Children's Hospital, The mother is listed as in stable condition at Erlanger hospital.


An early morning ATV accident send a mother and two children to area hospitals for examination and treatment.

Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross tells Channel 3 that the 30-year-old mother was taking her two children, ages 11 and 13, to the bus stop on an ATV at their home off Slygo Road.

The accelerator of the ATV became stuck, and the ATV struck a large rock, ejecting the children.

The accident has been described as “serious” by law enforcement.

Erlanger's LifeForce was dispatched, but heavy fog in the area prevented safe air transport.

All three were the transported to hospitals. There's currently no word on the condition of those involved.
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