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Man seriously hurt after dog ran over him with ATV

Police said that when the dog apparently hit the throttle on the four-wheeler, the vehicle ran over him.
Credit: AP
This Dec. 16, 2015 photo shows all-terrain vehicles at a dealership in Algona, Iowa. The buzzy, open-air vehicles are supposed to be banned from roads in New York and other states. But small communities across the nation are increasingly bending the rules under pressure from riders who want to go wherever they please, even though ATV manufacturers warn that the vehicles are unstable on flat pavement and accidents kill more than 300 riders each year. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LOXLEY, Ala. — A south Alabama man was seriously injured when his dog apparently hit the throttle on a four-wheeler and the all-terrain vehicle ran over him.

WKRG-TV reports that the accident happened Thursday. Loxley police say the man had his dog tied to the handlebars of the four-wheeler. The dog's leash apparently tangled with the throttle and caused the ATV to hit the man.

The station reported that Highway 59 was shut down momentarily as the man was airlifted to a local hospital. Police said the man was in stable condition and expected to recover. The dog was not injured in the accident.

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