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HIGH POINT — A High Point man was in critical condition Sunday after the ATV he was driving struck a traffic cone and he was thrown from the vehicle, according to a news release from High Point police.

At 5:15 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to the crash near the dead end of Southwest Street and found 26-year-old Maxton L. Collins with serious head injuries, according to the release.

Collins was driving a 1996 Honda TRX300EX when he lost control after striking a traffic cone that had been placed to warn drivers of utility construction. The ATV began to roll and Collins, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the four-wheeler, police said.

Collins was transported by AirCare to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem where he was listed in critical and unstable condition.

Police are investigating the incident. A preliminary investigation indicates that careless and reckless driving, speed (approximately 50 mph in a 35 mph zone) and alcohol impairment are contributing factors in the crash, according to the release.

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