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Child killed in dirt bike accident

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road-vehicle (ORV) accident involving a Columbus child. 


At approximately 2:20 pm Saturday, responders were dispatched to a dirt bike accident that occurred near the 12000 block of West 525 South in Bartholomew County. 


Initial investigation has determined a 5-year-old male was operating a KTM 50 cc dirt bike on family property. While attempting to maneuver the dirt bike up an incline, he lost control, causing the dirt bike to strike a tree.  Family at the scene rendered aid and then transported the child to the Southwest Fire Department in Ogilville for medical assistance.   


The victim was unresponsive and was transported to Riley Children’s Hospital by Life Line. Due to injuries sustained during the accident, he was declared deceased at the hospital.


Initial investigation has indicated the victim was wearing a helmet and other protective safety equipment at the time of the accident. 


Assisting agencies include Bartholomew County Sheriff Department, Southwest Fire Department, Columbus Regional Hospital Ambulance and Life Line Air Ambulance.