MANSFIELD – Mansfield Police have released more details about an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident which killed two men along U.S. 30 Westbound on Monday.
According to Mansfield Safety Services Director Lori Cope, the two victims were affiliated with the Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival that took place July 12-14 at the Ohio State Reformatory.
According to a representative of Adrenaline PR, publicist for the weekend music event, said there was no information available yet.
The Richland County Coroner's Office is having difficulty locating any next of kin for both victims; therefore, the identities of the victims are not being released at this time. Once next of kin are notified, the identities of the victims will be released.
According to Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch, a 2017 Polaris Ranger 4x4 with two male passengers was traveling southeast in a grass field in the area of 781 5th Avenue above U.S. 30. While the ATV was traveling on the grass, it drove off the edge of a cliff and fell about 39 feet, landing in a ditch near the right lane on U.S. 30 heading westbound.
One occupant was found in the ditch and the other was found under the ATV. Police believe he was partially ejected.
Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene by the Richland County Coroner's office. Cope also confirmed the victims' names would be released once the coroner located next of kin for the deceased.
The crash is being investigated by Mansfield Police, assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the Madison Township Fire Department and the Mansfield Fire Department.
The investigation into the crash is still ongoing. Mansfield Police is asking anyone with any information concerning the accident or anyone who who witnessed the accident to contact detective Richard Clapp at 419-755-9470.