ATV rider injured in late-night crash

A 27-year-old man was transported by helicopter to Oregon Health Sciences University after receiving critical head injuries in an ATV crash early Sunday morning.

Craig Novak was listed in critical condition at OHSU Monday morning.

Sweet Home Police Chief Bob Burford said. Following the crash, he was transported by REACH Air Medical Services to Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis and then to OHSU.

At 1:23 a.m. Sunday, Sweet Home police and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District paramedics responded to a report of an ATV crash on Green River Road east of Clark Mill Road.

“The investigation revealed that two adult males had been driving ATVs on Green River at a high rate of speed when one of the ATVs lost control and rolled several times,” Burford said.

Police arrested the second ATV driver, Mark Daniel Thorson, 28, for allegedly driving under the influence. He was cited and released.

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