9 kids injured when young UTV driver crashes trying to avoid dog


Nine children were injured when a utility task vehicle (UTV) being driven by an 11-year-old crashed.

Valley News Live reports the boy was driving a side-by-side UTV on 560th Avenue in Runeberg Township, Becker County, at 8:30 p.m. when he swerved to avoid a dog.

There were nine children on the Polaris Ranger, which tipped on its side, the TV station notes.

One 6-year-old boy had to be taken to a Fargo hospital by a helicopter for treatment, though his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, according to KVRR.

The other eight kids, aged 6-11, were taken by ambulance to hospitals in Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids with minor injuries.

Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander told The Forum News Service that children under the age of 12 are not allowed to drive ATVs in Minnesota if they are not certified and accompanied by an adult.

The incident will be investigated by police, he added.

Polaris makes several models of its Ranger UTV which range in size, and are priced new at between $10,299 and $20,999, according to its website.

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