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Boy, 14, injured in ATV accident

By Blair Yankey - byankey@perutribune.com

A 14-year-old boy was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital after he was struck by a dump truck on Wednesday afternoon in Miami County, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Here are the details provided by the MCSO:

The crash was reported about 3:18 p.m. on Wednesday in the area of County Road 300 East and County Road 900 South.

The juvenile was operating an 80 cc Yamaha Raptor ATV when he pulled out of a driveway onto county road 300 East and was struck by a southbound dump truck.

The dump truck was operated by Adam Hunt, 38, of Amboy, who sustained no injuries during the crash. The boy was air lifted by helicopter from the crash to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne with numerous injuries.

Witnesses told law enforcement the juvenile pulled in front of the truck, giving the driver little time to react.

Indiana conservation officers who responded to the accident said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that the boy was wearing a helmut, which "definitely played a part in saving his life."

The crash investigation is being conducted by MCSO Capt. Gary Glassburn.

Assisting the MCSO at the scene were Indiana State Police, Conservation Officer William Dale, Amboy Fire Department, Pipe Creek Fire Department and Dukes Hospital Emergency Medical Services.

A hospital spokesman said on Thursday he could not provide information about the boy's condition if his name was not available. The MCSO did not release his name to the media at the time of the accident.