Mother, son identified as injured in Stratford-area ATV fire

The two people transported out of Hamilton County after a fiery incident just north of Stratford Tuesday evening have been identified.

Christa Bina, 44, and Johnathon Bina, 6, both of Jewell, were airlifted after the ATV in which they were passengers caught fire at the intersection of Stagecoach Road and 350th Street, which is less than a mile from Stratford.

The two were riding in a four-seater ATV driven by Nick VanLangen, of Ellsworth, according to a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office report.

“VanLangen was driving his 2015 Can AM ATV west on 350th,” the report states. “As he approached Stagecoach Road, the ATV went into limp home mode. The ATV then caught on fire. Nick and his son were uninjured but his female passenger and her son (Christa and Johnathon Bina) were taken by LifeFlight for burns and inhalation. The ATV burned down to the frame.”

Both Christa and Johnathon Bina were transported to Iowa Methodist Medical Center, according to information from Iowa Methodist.

Christa Bina was transferred to University Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City the following day.

Records show Johnathon Bina being transferred from Iowa Methodist on Wednesday, but Iowa Methodist did not disclose his destination.

Condition reports on them were not available Thursday.

According to Brad Westrum, Stratford Ambulance Director, the 911 call reporting the incident was logged at 7:02 p.m. on Tuesday. The mother and son were taken to the Stratford fire station by someone passing by the incident.

At the station, Stratford first responders stabilized them before taking them by ambulance to just south of Stanhope where paramedics from Van Diest Medical Center met them in a tier.

LifeFlight 1, from Des Moines, and LifeFlight 2, from Fort Dodge, landed just a few minutes apart on Heartland Cooperative property adjacent to Iowa Highway 17 in Stanhope, Chief Dan Ostrem, of Stratford Fire, said.

The ATV was registered to Van Langen, the sheriff’s report states. It was valued at $29,000, according to the report.


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