UPDATE: Former Firefighter Killed; 3 Others Injured In ATV Crash
Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) What was supposed to be a fun-filled weekend turned deadly for a group of ATV riders near Jackpot.
Jay Setser, a former firefighter in Rupert, died in the crash, while several others were injured.
The three other riders, all from Rupert as well, featured two firefighters from the same department.
“Very outgoing, good guys, loved a good time, it's very tragic,” says Lt. Jeff McEwen, Rupert Police Department.
They worked together and played together. That's how the district fire chief describes this group of men.
“Those guys are volunteers, but they're a family. They take care of themselves and watch out for each other,” explains Fire Chief Mike Brown, Minidoka County Fire Protection District.
Jay Setser worked for the Minidoka County Fire Protection District at East End from 2002 to 2013.
The 33-year-old was enjoying a backcountry trip to Jackpot on his ATV when he stopped.
Enormous amounts of dust prevented the other ATV driver from seeing Setser and they collided.
Setser died at the scene.
"It's shame to lose any of member of your department, and we're all volunteers and it's tough to lose members," Brown says.
"Everyone feels the loss. Firefighters and police work hand and hand on a daily basis. Police or fire, a death like this affects everybody. We'll definitely miss Setser," McEwen adds.
Meanwhile, Fire Chief Alan Brady and firefighter Jerued Uscola were air-lifted to Saint Alphonsus.
Uscola is in good condition, but Brady is listed in critical condition and he's currently paralyzed from the neck down.
"I've heard he'll be in surgery, I've heard he's in an induced coma at this particular moment so we're waiting until he gets out of a coma to see what kind of damage has been done...He has six broken vertebrae," Brown says.
And friend Jed Dansie was air-lifted to St. Luke's Magic Valley.
As of Monday, he's listed in fair condition.
Brady is also the Rupert City Streets Department supervisor.
There's a 'Go Fund Me' page set up in Alan Brady’s name.
The goal is to raise $10,000, and so far a little more than $1,100 dollars has been donated.
The Go Fund Me page can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/9c12us
ORIGINAL STORY: Jackpot, Nevada ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - A group of Rupert men riding on ATV’s to Jackpot Nevada were involved in a crash that has left one person dead and three others injured.
The accident happened Saturday at about 6:30 pm, two and a half miles southeast of Jackpot on Goose Creek Road.
Elko County officials say the group was coming in the back way of Jackpot on their ATV’s when they crashed into one another.
Deputies say that dust, speed and some evidence of alcohol may have been factors in the crash. Officials say that one vehicle stopped, due to dust from the roadway. The other ATV driver failed to see him, causing the crash.
Jay Paul Setser, 33 of Rupert was pinned under one of the vehicles and was pronounced dead at the scene. He's a former firefighter for Minidoka County Fire Protection District at East End station from 2002 to 2013, according to Minidoka County.
Alan Wayne Brady, 37 of Rupert, the Battalion Chief from the East End Fire Department, affiliated with the agency since 1999, is listed in critical condition at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. He was airlifted from the scene.
Jerued Kris Uscola, 36 of Rupert is in good condition and was also air-lifted to St. Alphonsus. Uscola is a firefighter for East End.
Jed Dansie, 35 of Rupert is in fair condition at St. Luke’s in Twin Falls where he was airlifted. Officials say his legs may have been broken. Dansie is a local business owner.
There was about 20 altogether in the group.