WINCHESTER, N.H. -- A 16-year-old Connecticut male sustained bumps and bruises after police say it appears he lost control of the all-terrain vehicle he was operating in Pisgah State Park and crashed into a tree on Monday.

According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, it seems the boy -- who was not identified -- crashed when he was turning a corner and tried to avoid a large rock in the middle of the trail. Speed appears to be the main contributing factor to the accident. The rider was wearing a helmet, goggles and other rider protective gear, and was with a group of family members who were able to get emergency help for him.

The fish and game department reported that it responded to the crash -- along with Hinsdale Fire and Rescue and the Winchester Police Department -- at roughly 1:10 p.m. on Monday. The victim was transported via pickup truck approximately two and a half miles out of Pisgah and then brought to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his minor injuries.

The fish and game department stated in a press release that this accident serves as a reminder that state law requires any operator under 18 years of age to wear eye protection and protective headgear and any operator 12 or older to complete an off-highway recreational vehicle safety training program or have a valid driver's license to operate such a vehicle in New Hampshire.


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