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Man killed, woman injured in Sumner County ATV accident

Sumner County officials are investigating an ATV accident that killed one person and left another seriously injured late Saturday.

The accident happened shortly after 11:15 p.m. Saturday at the Kansas Badlands near South Haven, according to Sumner County Deputy Tim Soule.

"Two subjects were operating a Polaris Razor when they attempted to jump a dirt hill," Soule said.

The ATV flipped over several times, pinning its occupants — a male driver and female passenger. Both were wearing seat belts, but neither wore helmets, Soule said.

Crews from the South Haven Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to free the two victims from the wreckage.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to the Wellington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The passenger was flown by air ambulance to a Wichita hospital where she is listed in serious condition.

Although the accident is still under investigation, authorities believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Names and ages of the victims have not been released, pending notification of family, Soule said.

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