A two-year-old Colton boy was taken by Life Flight helicopter to the Oregon Health Sciences University trauma center last week after the ATV he was riding on flipped, trapping him beneath it.

Lt. Denise Everhart, spokeswoman for the Molalla Fire District, said a mother was operating the ATV with the toddler on her lap and another child riding behind her Oct. 20, when the mother lost control of the vehicle.

The mother and child riding on the back were thrown clear in the crash, but the ATV flipped over, trapping the two year old boy beneath. The mother was not able to pull the vehicle off the boy, due to the weight of the ATV. She ran to get a neighbor to help, Everhart said.

According to police, the mother said the little boy was bleeding from the mouth when the ATV was lifted off of him, but she thought the child did not appear to be seriously injured, so she took him to a Molalla urgent care center to have him treated. En route to urgent care, however, the toddler had serious difficulties breathing and lost consciousness.

Molalla Fire District was immediately called in when the mother and child arrived at the urgent care center. Paramedics found that the child had obvious chest wall injuries and Life Flight was dispatched to take the child to OHSU, where his status was listed as serious, Everhart said.

It is still unclear to officials at Molalla Fire District, who it was that told the mother the child was safe to move, or why paramedics were not called to the scene to evaluate the child's condition, she said.

Molalla Police assisted paramedics and the Life Flight crew at the scene.

Since the incident took place in the Colton area, however, the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office handled the investigation. The incident was considered accidental and no charges have been filed, police said.

The names of the mother and child were not released. OHSU has since upgraded the boy’s condition to fair.

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