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Stearns County boy, 4, receives 'significant' head injury in ATV accident

He was airlifted to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital.
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A boy is in the hospital with head injuries after a weekend ATV accident in Stearns County. 

It happened in St. Augusta on Saturday afternoon, when the 4-year-old "hopped onto (the family's) small 50cc ATV after his siblings had gotten off" and drove over a dirt mound, which had a drop of four to five feet, according to a news release from the Stearns County sheriff.

"He was wearing a helmet, but still sustained a significant head injury," the release says.

The boy was airlifted to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Authorities have not specified his current condition.

With ATV season getting underway, it may be helpful to remember the safety concerns that come with riding the vehicles.

Under Minnesota law, it's legal for kids to ride them, but those under 10 may only ride class-1 ATVs (with a width 50 inches or less) on private property — and all minors must wear helmets when riding. 

Nonetheless, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discourages kids 16 or younger from driving or riding on ATVs, as the machines are prone rollovers.

Last year, 11 people died in ATV accidents in Minnesota, and 21 the year before. Of those, four were children.

You can find a wide range of information and tips on ATV safety by clicking here. 

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