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.