ATV rider sues company, Forest Service over dunes crash

EUGENE, Ore. — A California man injured during a nighttime ATV ride in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is suing the U.S. Forest Service and Knife River Corp., accusing the company of digging up a trail in the dunes and not warning riders of a sudden drop-off, reports The Register-Guard.

The Register-Guard says that according to the suit, the accident happened in Oct. 2011 when Joseph Catania was camping at Horsfall Campground at the southern end of the recreation area. At that time, Knife River was repairing nearby rail lines.

Catania alleges that while riding on a marked trail, he suddenly drove over a steep drop-off created by Knife River’s excavations and fell about 30 feet, reports The Register-Guard. No signs or other markings warned riders of the hazard, the suit claims.

Catania is seeking $426,000 from both Knife River and the Forest Service, which owns the campground and manages the dunes recreation area.

For the complete story from The Register-Guard, click here.

Kelly Cauthorn

Kelly Cauthorn

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