NH man escapes injuries after UTV rolls down steep trail
PITTSBURG — A Hinsdale man may have a helmet and seat belt to thank for keeping him from being injured after a utility terrain vehicle he was driving rolled over several times on a steep trail.
New Hampshire Fish and Game said around noon Sunday, Andrew T. Petro, 36, of Hinsdale, was operating a UTV on the East Loop Trail in the area of Shatney Mountain.
Petro attempted to navigate a steep section of ledge and was unable to make it completely up so he turned around. When driving back down the ledge, he hit a large rock damaging the UTV’s left front wheel. The damage combined with his downhill momentum caused him to go off the trail and roll over multiple times until the UTV came to a rest on its side.
Petro was wearing a full face helmet with eye protection and a seat belt during the crash. The UTV received severe damage but Petro was not injured.
Petro and his riding companions were able to get the UTV back into upright position but could not remove it from the woods. Fish and Game had been notified around 5:30 p.m. to help remove the machine.
The crash is under investigation. Fish and Game said Petro’s inexperience operating the UTV along with the difficult terrain were factors in the crash.