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Eugene Teen Hurt in Skateboarding Accident at State ParkSalem-News.com Staff
The boy and a girl that was riding with him were wearing a helmet.
(ESTACADA, Ore. ) - A 12-year-old Eugene boy suffered a potentially serious head injury Saturday afternoon when he fell from his skateboard while riding on the entrance road into Milo McIver State Park near Estacada.
Oregon State Police say at approximately 2:00 p.m., an OSP Fish & Wildlife Division trooper was on patrol in Milo McIver State Park when he was flagged down by a park ranger and told that a young boy was injured in a skateboarding accident.
The trooper responded to the injured boy and provided initial emergency medical care until relieved by responding firefighters who ordered LifeFlight response. The boy was transported to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of a possible serious head injury.
The trooper learned the boy and a juvenile female were skateboarding down the hill on the entrance road followed by the boy's aunt in a motor vehicle. The boy and girl both were going too fast and lost control, falling off their skateboards.
Neither was wearing a helmet. The girl had a minor injury and didn't go to a hospital.
The boy's name is not being released unless approved by immediate family.
OSP and State Parks & Recreation Department urges all park visitors to be aware of park rules.
Remember that all park area roadways are considered public roadways and all provisions of the Oregon Vehicle Code, ORS chapters 801 to 826, are applicable and enforceable.
Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 736-010-0026 covers use of non-motorized vehicles, cycles, and similar devices in State Parks, stating that persons under 16 years of age are required to wear protective headgear when operating a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, rollover - or inline skate, or other wheeled, operator-propelled equipment that transports the operator on land.
Source: Oregon State Police
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