POMEROY — One person is dead after a Motocross accident at Tuesday night’s Meigs County Fair.
Practice for the races began at 6 p.m. at the Grandstand and the Motocross event began at 7 p.m.
According to Meigs County Sheriff’s Department officials, the accident occurred around 8 p.m. when Justin Hill, 21, crashed his motorcycle during Motocross competition. He was thrown from his bike and suffered life-threatening injuries.
The race was halted while EMS workers attended to Hill. Only a few laps were left in the event when the incident occurred and once the track was cleared, racing resumed. No other cyclists were involved in the accident.
Hill was taken by paramedics from Meigs County EMS to Holzer Emergency Room in Pomeroy, and was pronounced dead from his injuries shortly thereafter. He was wearing a helmet and protective equipment during the race.
“Justin has been a resident of Meigs County all his life and was well-loved by his friends and family,” Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said.
The sheriff’s office, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, have been investigating the crash scene and receiving eyewitness accounts of the accident. Wood is asking that anyone with video footage of the crash come forward so the sheriff’s office can better understand how the accident occurred.
To contact their office, call 740-992-3371.
The Meigs County Fair Board has no comment at this time and stated that all information regarding the accident would be handled by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as of 2012, the most commonly sustained type of injury involving Motocross riders 18 and under are fractures, which make up 70 percent of all sustained injuries. Fracture types included femoral shaft, humerus, forearm, clavicle and tibial shaft injuries. The next most common type of injury involving Motocross is a head injury, which can also include concussions.
There has been no official statement as to the cause of death or any factors that might have contributed to the accident.
This is the first fatality involving entertainment in the Meigs Fairs modern history.
All other fair activities are set to run as scheduled, according to the Meigs County Fair Office.
Reach Lindsay Kriz and Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155.