Man airlifted after dirt bike crash

By Matt Lasley -

A Big Clifty man was airlifted to Louisville with a head injury after a dirt bike crash on Spurrier Road Sunday afternoon, Feb. 28.

At approximately 1:32 p.m. on Sunday, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Deputy Jarrod Mudd responded to the 7400 block of Spurrier Road in reference to an accident involving a moped, a dirt bike, and a Honda Rukus motorbike.

According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, Tyler Atwater, 31, of Big Clifty, was operating a 50cc dirt bike on Spurrier Road at the time of the accident.

Two of Atwater’s friends were operating the Honda and moped when the Honda crashed in front of Atwater, the release states.

Atwater failed to stop, and struck the Honda, causing him to be thrown off the dirt bike. Atwater was not wearing a helmet and struck the ground with his head, according to Chaffins.

Atwater was later airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital with a closed head injury, and, as of Monday afternoon, Feb. 29, his condition was not known.

The GCSO was assisted at the crash scene by Grayson County Emergency Medical Services and the East Grayson County Volunteer Fire Department.

“The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind our citizens that operating an off road/all terrain vehicle (ATV) on public roadways is a violation,” Chaffins said. “We received 10-15 calls or complaints a week from citizens wishing to report ATVs on the roadways or on private property without permission. I have instructed my deputies to impound the ATV and cite the operator for operating illegally on public roadways or private lands without permission.”

Laws pertaining to operating ATVs on the roadway can be found in Kentucky Revised Statutes 189.515, which can be viewed online via the link

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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