Youth driving ATV on highway now in hospital

Teen crossing Route 12 to East Bideford Road struck by car, gets thrown from four-wheeler

Published on June 25, 2014

A collision between a car and this ATV sent a Port Hill area rider to hospital Wednesday afternoon, June 25, 2014.

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EAST BIDEFORD – A Port-Hill-area teen was taken to hospital by ambulance Wednesday after the four-wheel ATV he was operating collided with a car.

The collision happened just before 4:30 p.m. A bystander said the youth was travelling east along Route 12 and crossed onto the East Bideford Road into the path of a car travelling west along Route 12.

The impact threw the youth from his Yamaha 4-wheeler and ripped the rear right wheel from the machine.

Const. Steve Macdonnell from East Prince RCMP stressed that the machine is not permitted to be operated on the highway. He said the youth was following another ATV. He credited them for wearing helmets.

“For sure, I think the helmet made a big difference,” he said, noting the injured youth was thrown from his machine.

The extent of the youth’s injures were unknown but it thought he might have sustained a leg fracture.

Tyne Valley Fire Department assisted at the scene and a tow truck was dispatched to collect both ATVs.

The driver of the car was uninjured and she was able to drive her vehicle from the scene.