Fatal Accident Summaries|
September 3, 2007
A 13 year-old girl was fatally injured and her 10 year old sister was seriously injured when the ATV they were riding fell 125 down an abandoned mine shaft in North West Arizona.
The young girls were riding with their father, who was ahead of them on a motorcycle. The father noticed they were missing and went back to find them, but to avail.
They were discovered the next day at the bottom of the mine shaft and a rope rescue team descended the vertical mine shaft to reach them.
Officials say there are an estimated 100,000 abandoned mines in Arizona, not uncommon in a state with a long history of gold and silver prospecting and other mining activity.
The 10 year-old girl remains in serious condition at this time.