Two hurt in two ATV crashes in less than two days in Harford

A man and a boy were flown to hospitals after two separate ATV accidents within two days in Harford County.

An 11-year-old boy was flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Center after an ATV accident in Whiteford early Sunday afternoon, Harford County emergency officials said.

The next night, on Monday, a 19-year-old man was injured in an ATV accident on Webster Road.

The unidentified man was flown to a regional trauma center in serious condition, Rich Gardiner, spokesman of the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association said.

The boy was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, Gardiner said.

In that accident, the Harford County Sheriff's Office responded to the 4400 block of Slate Ridge Road at about 1:18 p.m., spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said.

"The witness advised that the child ran into a tree with a [four-wheeler] when the throttle stuck," Kahler wrote in an e-mail. "The child was alert and breathing. Aviation was requested."

Kahler said the boy and his father were riding their ATVs on their property when the boy struck the small tree.

She said the boy was riding a child-sized, four-wheel-drive ATV and was wearing a helmet and "full body armor protection."

"He was conscious, moving and talking to the paramedics," Kahler said, explaining Whiteford medics decided to fly him to the children's hospital "due to the nature of his injuries."

Further information about the victim and his injuries was not available Monday afternoon.

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