ANCHORAGE, Alaska—An all-terrain vehicle rider too seriously injured Friday near Circle Hot Springs to board an Alaska State Troopers helicopter was flown to Fairbanks Saturday after first responders remained with him overnight.
Troopers say they were alerted at about 6 p.m. Friday to a SPOT personal locator beacon activated by 53-year-old Cal Hepburn and his hunting partner, when Hepburn crashed his ATV and sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
"Due to weather conditions and Hepburn's conditions, Hepburn could not be loaded into Helo 2 for transport nor could he be transported by ground," troopers wrote in a dispatch on the incident.
Troopers' Helo-1 was also sent to the scene from Anchorage, but couldn't reach the crash location Friday due to weather. It landed in Fairbanks overnight and launched again Saturday morning, picking Hepburn up and delivering him to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.