A Colorado man was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park on Saturday, according to park officials.
Abel Ocampo, 23, of Denver, was camping at the park with friends and family. Ocampo was driving a rented ATV in sand dunes just after 4 p.m. when he lost control and rolled, according to a state park new release.
Bystanders attempted to extract Ocampo from the overturned vehicle and called for help. First responders attempted life-saving measures but Ocampo was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger of the ATV sustained minor injuries, and a witness who helped lift the ATV suffered leg injuries and was taken to the hospital via ambulance.
Officials said Ocampo was not wearing a helmet or seat belt at the time of the crash, but said the incident is still under investigation.
"The Utah Division of State Parks would like to extend our condolences to Abel Ocampo's family and friends," the news release said. "We would also like to thank the agencies and individuals who swiftly responded to the incident."
The division encouraged people to take precautions while recreating outside during the holiday.
Here are some tips for safe recreation, according to the Utah Division of State Parks:
- Always recreate with a buddy.
- Wear your life jacket and helmet.
- Let somebody know where you are going and when to expect your return.
- Check weather conditions and water temperatures.
- Use alcohol responsibly, and never drink while driving an off-highway vehicle, operating a boat, or participating in potentially dangerous activities.
- Pack appropriate gear for your activity and stay hydrated while outdoors.