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Eugene boy injured in skateboard accident at McIver State Park

According to Oregon State Patrol, a 12-year old Eugene boy suffered a potentially serious head injury Saturday afternoon, July 19, when he fell from his skateboard while riding on the entrance road into Milo McIver State Park near Estacada.

At approximately 2 p.m., an OSP Fish and Wildlife Division trooper was on patrol in the park when he was flagged down by a park ranger and told that a young boy was injured in a skateboarding accident. The trooper provided initial emergency medical care for the boy until relieved by responding firefighters who ordered LifeFlight response. The boy was transported to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of a possible serious head injury.

The trooper learned the boy and a juvenile female were skateboarding down the hill on the entrance road followed by the boy's aunt in a motor vehicle. The boy and girl both were going too fast and lost control, falling off their skateboards. Neither was wearing a helmet. The girl had a minor injury and didn't go to a hospital.

The boy's name is not being released unless approved by immediate family. Lt. Gregg Hastings of OSP said he spoke with the boy's mother two days after the accident and she said he was improving and should be released from the hospital this week.

OSP and State Parks and Recreation Department urges all park visitors to be aware of park rules. Remember that all park area roadways are considered public roadways and all provisions of the Oregon Vehicle Code apply and, and “Persons under 16 years of age are required to wear protective headgear when operating a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, rollover or inline skates, or other wheeled, operator-propelled equipment that transports the operator on land.”

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