Red Bud men seriously injured in ATV accident

Two Red Bud men were seriously hurt on the evening of Oct. 14 following an ATV accident on LL Road.

Initial reports state that Matt Burmester, 34, and Richard Brandenberger, 57, both of Red Bud, were riding a Polaris RZR ATV in the area of LL Road near Beck Road. The driver of the ATV lost control while it was traveling at a high rate of speed and the vehicle flipped, ejecting both passengers. Neither occupant was wearing a helmet.

A Monroe County Sheriff’s Department deputy came up on the accident

The Red Bud Fire Department was called to the scene to set up a landing zone for medical helicopters.

Both Burmester and Brandenberger were airlifted from the scene to St. Louis Hospitals for what were reported as serious injuries.

The Illinois State Police handled the investigation with assistance from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional information on the accident was not made available by press time.