Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) crash that injured a three-year-old.
At approximately 5:57 p.m. yesterday evening, a 12-year-old was operating a Polaris 850 Sportsman on private property near the 7000 block of Spades Road in Milan, Indiana, with a three-year-old passenger. The ORV struck a barn on the residence, resulting in the three-year-old hitting his head.
Neither juvenile was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The three-year-old was airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment. He suffered an apparent head injury, but the extent of his injuries are unknown at this time and do not appear to be life-threatening.
Ripley County Deputies and Milan EMS arrived shortly after the crash. Indiana Conservation Officers are currently investigating.
Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage riders to wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment, no matter the age or experience of the rider, at all times.
Appropriately-sized helmets, safety gear and ORV size should be considered for each individual rider and can greatly reduce the severity of injury in the event of a crash.
As of July 1, 2017, it is required by law that any person under the age of 18 wear a DOT-approved helmet while operating or riding an ORV.