Swanzey UTV Crash Sends One to Hospital

NH-Fish-GameNH Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to Swanzey Saturday evening after a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) rolled over with seven (7) passengers aboard.  At approximately 4:45 PM, Ryan Amer, 42, of Swanzey was attempting to drive the UTV up a steep embankment in the woodlands off of Owens Drive while six (6) passengers were riding in or on the UTV with him.  The Polaris Ranger side-by-side, which was grossly overloaded, rolled over and down the embankment.  Brian Massucco, 42, one of the passengers, was transported to Cheshire Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.  All other passengers were uninjured.  Although the accident is currently under investigation, preliminary reports from the investigating Conservation Officers indicate that alcohol was a contributing factor.  None of the passengers were wearing helmets or using seat belts.  Off Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) enthusiasts are reminded to heed manufacturer’s guidelines for payload/passenger capacities and never operate under the influence of alcohol or drugs.



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