FILE PHOTO: All-terrain vehicle
TYNE VALLEY — A 14-year-old Tyne Valley area youth was taken to Prince County Hospital by Island EMS Friday after losing control of his Suzuki all-terrain vehicle.
Const. Greg Trainor with East Prince RCMP said two youth were driving their ATVs east along the paved portion of Route 12 around 1 p.m. Friday when the driver of the lead ATV lost control of his machine. It went into the ditch and struck a culvert, knocking the driver off the vehicle.
Trainor said the machine came to a rest about 30 metres from where it hit the culvert. Although the youth’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, the officer said they are believed to include broken bones.
The Suzuki, he said, sustained extensive damage.
Trainor said he learned that the operators had been on their lunch break and were en route back to work when the lead driver lost control. The incident, he said, is still being investigated and charges are being considered.
The driver of the second machine, Trainor said, remained at the scene and assisted the RCMP with its investigation. A pick-up truck was used to remove the undamaged machine from the scene.
“ATVs, operated by youth or adults, is a continuous issue in various communities across our policing district,” Trainor noted, expressing concern that loss of life will occur if such activity is not curtailed.
Tyne Valley Fire Department assisted police and paramedics at the scene.