UTV Accident in Columbia County Involving Three Young Girls
Columbia County, Florida -- Two Columbia County girls were injured after the utility task vehicle they were driving in crashed.
Florida Highway Officials say three girls, ages 15, 14 and 11 were traveling one way down Northwest Crawford road in a Polaris Ranger UTV, while an unknown vehicle was traveling the opposite direction.
The driver of the UTV tried to avoid the vehicle, traveling into a ditch, which caused her to fall out.
The UTV then made its way across both lanes and crashed into another ditch, throwing out another passenger.
None of the girls wear wearing helmets or safety goggles.
Florida law says it is a violation to operate an off-highway vehicle under the age of 16 without wearing eye protection, over-the-ankle boots, and a safety helmet.
Kids who live in the area say they drive 4-wheelers all the time.
Two of the girls were taken to UF Health Shands at Gainesville with serious injuries.
The investigation is on-going.
Investigators say they still want to talk to the parents of the kids involved.
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