Linn Co. ATV crash brings back painful memories for Wisconsin mo - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Linn Co. ATV crash brings back painful memories for Wisconsin mom

Posted: Updated:
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (KWWL) -

One mom knows all too well the pain of losing children and losing those children in an off-road vehicle accident.

The memories came flooding back for Carrie Nolan after hearing about the deaths of 9-year-old twins, Colton and Clayton Novak. The twin brothers were killed when the ATV they were driving crashed into a creek Monday afternoon in rural Linn County, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Carrie Nolan lost two of her children to an ATV accident on Aug. 23, 2005.

"It's tough. Even if it's been nine years, it doesn't feel like it. It's tough," said Nolan.

Austin (9) and Justin Nolan (7) were "Irish Twins" born just 20 months apart. On August 23, 2005 the boys decided to hop on the family's adult sized ATV to find their father in a nearby field. The boys crossed a major highway to get to one of the family's other farms. 

The boys found their father and followed him out onto the road. The boys crossed the highway, but couldn't see a truck pulling a horse trailer coming. They were struck as they attempted to cross the highway.

"That day I actually scolded them and told them that they couldn't be on the ATV. I told one of our hired guys that we don't want the kids on the ATV. He took the ATV, but I guess he had to go get the cows across the road and when he brought the ATV back to the barn he left the key in the ATV. The boys found the ATV and got into it," Nolan said Thursday.

Nolan said the recent accidents across Iowa have hit close to home.

"The accidents in Iowa recently affect you, they really do. Everybody thinks it's not going to happen to them and it does, and then it's too late," Nolan said.

Nolan said she hopes sharing her story will help save other children's life.

For more information about the Nolan Boys ATV Safety Program CLICK HERE.

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:31:32 GMT
    This week offers Congress its best chance to get answers about President Barack Obama's new Mideast counterterror strategy.More >>
    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President...More >>
  • Discipline vs. Child Abuse

    Discipline vs. Child Abuse

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:29:39 GMT
    It's the question that is being asked all across the country tonight - including right here in Iowa. When it comes to disciplining our children, how far is too far? It took a major NFL star to be indicted on child abuse charges to renew the conversation. The pictures tell the story - a four year old - beaten with a switch. Cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles, legs, scrotum - and defensive wounds to his hand. His father, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, admits he gave...More >>
    It's the question that is being asked all across the country tonight - including right here in Iowa. When it comes to disciplining our children, how far is too far? It took a major NFL star to be indicted on child abuse charges to renew the conversation. The pictures tell the story - a four year old - beaten with a switch. Cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles, legs, scrotum - and defensive wounds to his hand. His father, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, admits he gave...More >>
  • Body found in Waterloo, police search for AJT Auto Repair owner

    Body found in Waterloo, police search for AJT Auto Repair owner

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:23:10 GMT
    Anthony Tronca, 43, of WaterlooAnthony Tronca, 43, of Waterloo
    Waterloo Police are searching for the owner of a local auto repair shop in connection with the disappearance of a Waterloo man and the discovery of a body near Highway 218.More >>
    Waterloo Police are searching for the owner of a local auto repair shop in connection with the disappearance of a Waterloo man and the discovery of a body near Highway 218.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.