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ATV crash injures teen


February 15, 2012
A Taswell teenager was seriously injured early Saturday afternoon when the ATV he was riding left the road and struck a culvert.

The 16-year-old victim was riding on Jericho Road near Taswell when he crashed at about 12:30 p.m.

"We believe he accidentally drove off the right side of the road," Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Schreck said. "He then over-corrected, lost control of the vehicle, and hit a concrete culvert."

Schreck said the victim suffered serious injuries, including head trauma, and was air-lifted to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville.

"As of yesterday, he was still in critical condition," Schreck added Monday.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the victim was not wearing a helmet or any other safety equipment. The accident is still under investigation by DNR conservation officers.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Department was the first agency to respond.

All ATVs operated on Indiana roads must be registered through the DNR. A valid operator's license is required to operate on a county roadway. Indiana conservation officers strongly encourage riders to always wear a helmet and proper safety equipment.

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