‘American Spring Live’ crew member injured on location

On the final day of the airing of the PBS program, American Spring Live, being broadcast live from a 25-acre property in the Deer Canyon subdivision of Three Rivers, a production assistant was injured in an ATV rollover accident. The accident occurred on a private dirt road extension of Noel Drive on Wednesday, May 1, about 8 a.m.

The driver of the 2013 Polaris ATV was Kristen Tounsel, 25, of Temple City in Los Angeles County. Tounsel, driving downhill at what was reported as a safe speed, struck an embankment causing the ATV to eject her and pin her leg beneath the vehicle.

Herb Meeker of Three Rivers, who was working with the production company as a representative for the property owner, was first on the scene and helped free the victim from beneath the ATV. Tounsel, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered a compound fracture of a leg that the CHP report described as serious but not life-threatening.

Tounsel was transported via ambulance to the Three Rivers golf course where she was loaded onto a LifeFlight helicopter. The victim was then flown to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia for treatment of her injuries.      

About American Spring Live: For three nights beginning Monday, April 29, PBS debuted “Nature: American Spring LIVE,” which documents the change from winter to spring in real time from iconic locations across America, including Three Rivers, Calif., and Sequoia National Park. The three-episode, multi-platform event looked at the unique changes spring brings and how climate change is affecting ecosystems from cities to the mountains. Three Rivers was featured in Episode 3.

See the episode here.

One thought on “‘American Spring Live’ crew member injured on location

  • May 10, 2019 at 9:45 am

    OK. So to be honest, I was disappointed to find out the Kaweah Commonwealth was becoming digital just as I was moving far away. I renewed my subscription expecting to at least keep up with 3R news by getting the paper every week. And I did for a few weeks.
    But you guys have won me over by giving me the ability to actually experience many of the sights and sounds of 3R in Spring with just a mouse click on my cell phone. to link to that PBS program. That was brilliant!
    Now I’m looking forward to sharing the segment with some of my new friends and kids I’m tutoring here in Central Florida. For me it was especially cool to see the “Altaphant” in the opening scene.
    The wolf pups didn’t hurt either and I’m pretty sure the kids will be most interested in them!


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