(11/22/2005)
West Virginia is a state that leads in the nation in ATV deaths. The death rate continues to climb.

State Police are investigating a Braxton County ATV accident in which an Ohio man was killed.

Forty-seven-year-old Mark Singleton of Ashville, Ohio, died yesterday after crashing into a tree in the Upper Mill Creek Road area.

A Marion County man has died after a weekend accident on his ATV.

The Marion County Rescue Squad responded to the scene of the accident at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the woods off Hoult Road.

The victim, identified only as a 46-year-old male, had apparently hit a log.

WV legislators have passed "freedom of the blacktop" road rules, against the safety concerns of ATV manufacturers.

The state, according to a WVU study, likely leads the nation in allowing children to ride the recreational vehicles, often without helmets and frequently violating the two-person safety rule, the manufacturers warnings state a second person on the ATV makes them unstable.

Few underage riders took the state's new safety program for ATVs.


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