Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that left two people injured.
The accident occurred yesterday at approximately 5:51 p.m. near the 200 block of Robb Hill Road in Martinsville.
Joshua Wallis, age 31, of Martinsville, was operating a Side-by-side ORV on private property in a wooded area. For reasons not yet known, the ORV flipped onto its side and then caught fire. Kimberly Scobee, age 59, of Mooresville was a passenger on the ORV and received severe burns to the right side of her body along with a neck injury. Wallis also received burns on both hands.
Scobee was flown via lifeline and Wallis was transported by ambulance to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of their injuries.
The cause of the accident is still being investigated. The victims were not wearing helmets or proper safety equipment, however both were wearing safety harnesses. Indiana Conservation Officers stress safe operation of ORVs and the use of proper protective equipment such as helmets.
Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Brown Township Medics, Morgan County Medics, Brooklyn Fire Department and Martinsville Fire Department.