Man dies after wrecking ATV in cornfield

BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A man died Monday after he fell off an ATV and hit his head, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash happened just before 10 a.m. Monday in a cornfield near the 12000 block of M-40 in Bloomingdale Township, northwest of Paw Paw.

The victim, 69-year-old Glen W. Sutton from the Gobles area, was riding a Yamaha Banshee ATV when his hat started to fall off, a friend who was also riding an ATV at the time told the sheriff’s department.

As Sutton tried to grab his hat, he accidentally hit the throttle on his ATV, the friend reported.

Sutton then lost control of the ATV — which went onto two wheels — and fell to the ground, the sheriff’s department said. He sustained head and neck injuries.

The deputy that was called to the scene found Sutton bleeding from the head, unconscious and not breathing, according to the sheriff’s department. The deputy started CPR until emergency crews arrived, and Sutton was taken to an area hospital before being airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

The sheriff’s department said Monday evening that Sutton died at the hospital.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the sheriff’s department said. Alcohol wasn’t a factor.

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