Two years after crash, Morgan County teenager is back on dirt bikes

RANTOUL, IL — Nearly two years after an accident left a Morgan County teenager with a serious spinal cord injury, he’s back on dirt bikes.

Last weekend, Lucas Grounds rode his dirt bike for the first time at the B-52 Hanger MX in Illinois.

When we spoke with the 17-year-old in May, he was about to take part in his first GNCC race since the crash. Alongside his best friend and mechanic, David Quillen – or “DQ” for short – they adapted the bikes by installing hand controls to throttle, steer and brake.

At the time, Grounds said his main goal was to get back on a dirt bike.

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In December 2020, Grounds hit a covered bridge while mountain biking with friends. He suffered severe spinal cord injuries from the waist down and spent 61 days in Riley Children’s Hospital recovering. Over the next two years, he started walking again.

“Most people would take something like that and say maybe it’s time to slow down and I’ve probably done everything but slow down,” Grounds told WRTV in May.

Before his accident, he signed a contract to turn pro. He is a seven-time Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) elite racer.

Her mother, Shanda, shared these photos from this weekend’s event with us.

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