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Clover 20-year-old killed in ATV accident in North Carolina (UPDATED)

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Andrew Briggs as a 2018 graduate of Halifax County High School / May 02, 2021
An off-road accident at an ATV park in eastern North Carolina has claimed the life of a 20-year-old Clover man.

Andrew Cale Briggs was riding at Busco Beach and ATV Park in Goldsboro, N.C. on Friday night around 8 p.m. when he was thrown backwards from his ATV and the machine overturned and rolled on top of him, according to 1st Sgt. Michael Dorsey with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Briggs was wearing a helmet but died at the scene.

The description of the crash by Dorsey differed from the account provided by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and reported by local media over the weekend — that Briggs had struck his head against a moving ATV. Dorsey said that only Briggs' vehicle was involved and he was its sole occupant.

Dorsey said Highway Patrol investigators have determined that Briggs was jumping a hill on his ATV when the machine went airborne, landed and fell on the deceased.

The mishap happened as the Busco Beach ATV park prepared to welcome an estimated 30,000 people for its Mud Bash Week weekend festivities.

Briggs, a 2018 graduate of Halifax County High School, worked as a mechanic for Spaulding Equipment in Clover and volunteered with the Clover Volunteer Fire Department, said CVFD President Bert Martin. “He was a good guy,” said Martin. “We’re going to miss him.”

Martin said Briggs had traveled to the Goldsboro ATV park with a friend and fellow fire department member, Elijah Hudson, for Mud Bash Week. Martin said he and Clover Fire Chief Jaime Hudson have since spoken to Hudson and to Briggs’ family to offer the department’s condolences and aid. The call with Hudson came as he was driving back to Halifax County on Saturday morning. “He was pretty torn up,” said Martin.

Briggs was completing his fifth year with the Clover fire department, having joined as a teen. He was set to receive his five-year service pin in August, said Martin. “He started out as a junior [member] and then when he got to be 18 he went to full regular membership."

Although his work schedule led him to scale back his recent involvement with the Clover fire department, Briggs was highly regarded by his fellow firefighters. “He was good help. He would listen to us we would tell him what to do, and he would try to help us anyway he could,” said Martin.

As an avid ATV rider, Briggs had worked on his own machine — "he was a mechanic and was inclined" that way, Martin added. "I'm sure he had souped it [his ATV] up a bit."

Details about the fatal crash are scant, but WRAL-TV reported on its website that witnesses spoke of a second accident Friday involving off-road vehicles that resulted in injuries. Details are pending.

Busco Beach and ATV Park is a privately-owned outdoor recreation area with a man-made lake for swimming and fishing, campsites and off-road trails spread over 2,000 acres. Mud Bash Beach 2021, one of the park’s largest events of the year, was slated to run from April 26 to May 2.

Following the Friday night fatality, the ATV park posted on its Facebook page that access to the 24-hour grounds would be restricted for the rest of the day to facilitate access for emergency personnel.

Busco Beach and ATV Park has been site of seven fatalities linked to ATV use over the past 15 years, and five drownings in the past 20 years, according to WRAL-TV of Raleigh.

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