ST. GEORGE – A teenage male was airlifted to Las Vegas Wednesday night after a longboarding accident.
Sgt. Sam Despain said two juvenile males were longboarding on the path next to state Route 18 when the incident occurred around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Despain said one of the boys went ahead of the other who then crashed on his longboard, a type of long skateboard. No one saw the accident occur, though passing motorists found the boy lying on the ground and contacted 911.
Despain was unable to give detail relating to the boy’s injuries, though confirmed he had suffered severe head trauma. Due to the extent of his injuries the boy was taken by Life Flight to University Medical Center in Las Vegas and is listed in serious condition. Despain said the boy was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Police closed down part of SR-18 around 8:30 p.m. to allow Life Flight clearance to land. The road was cleared soon afterward.
According to the University of Utah’s Health Care website concerning helmet use for bicycle, in-line skating, and skateboarding only up to 25 percent of children 14 and under use bicycle helmets, although statistics show helmets can drastically reduce the threat of severe injury to the head and brain.
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