3 teenagers were injured while riding ATVs over the weekend

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Three teenagers were hurt in a couple of ATV accidents over the weekend.

A 16-year-old boy lost control of his all-terrain vehicle while braking to turn into his driveway just before 5 p.m. Saturday – the vehicle rolled and landed on top of his leg, the Morrison County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. He was taken to the hospital for a leg injury and minor abrasions to his hands.

Then on Sunday, two teenage girls in rural St. Louis County were injured when an ATV they were on turned over, the Duluth News Tribune said. The 14-year-olds suffered non-life threatening injuries, but one of them (the driver) had to be airlifted to a Duluth hospital, according to the paper.

There was a third accident involving an adult – a 47-year old man lost control after hitting a road approach Saturday evening, Brainerd Dispatch said. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, he was not wearing a helmet. He had non-life threatening injuries.

2 children killed in ATV accidents this year

Three people have been killed in ATV accidents this year (as of April 18), the Minnesota DNR says.

Two of the fatalities were children – a 5-year-old boy from Kandiyohi County and another young boy from Fillmore County.

Last year, 15 people died in ATV-related accidents, the DNR said. According to the 2015 summary of ATV fatalities, the majority of drivers were male, and alcohol was a factor in six out of the 13 crashes.

How to stay safe on an ATV

The DNR recommends safety training for everyone that drives off-highway vehicles such as ATVs, off-highway motorcycles, and off-road vehicles such as 4x4s.

Safety training is required for ATV riders born after July 1, 1987, to drive on public lands, frozen waters, public road rights-of-way, or state or grant-in-aid trails, the DNR says.

The ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules:

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Never ride on paved roads, except to cross safely where permitted by law – ATVs are designed to be off-highway.
  • Don't use alcohol or drugs while operating an ATV.
  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV or have more than one passenger on a vehicle designed for two people.
  • Ride an ATV that is right for your age.
  • Supervise riders under 16.
  • Ride on designated trails at a safe speed.
  • Take a hands-on safety course.

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