Two women hospitalized after an ATV crashes into tree in Walker Township

Two 20-year-old women were hospitalized after they were thrown from an ATV when it crashed into a tree at a private residence in Walker Township, state police at Rockview said.

The operator of the vehicle, of Howard, sustained major head trauma and was taken to Altoona Regional. The passenger, of Port Matilda, was treated for minor to moderate injuries at Mount Nittany Medical Center, police said. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The ATV hit the tree and slid three feet down an embankment after the operator lost control of the vehicle, police said. Neither woman was wearing a helmet.

Police did not release the names of the women and the matter is still under investigation.