An 8-year-old boy was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident on his Drumore Township farm Saturday morning, a coroner said.
He was identified as Eric Long, of Furniss Road in Drumore Township, Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said. The boy’s parents’ names were not immediately available.
Long was driving an ATV by himself for recreation when he crashed, the coroner said.
“The ATV rolled on him,” Diamantoni said. “The trauma of that and the weight of the ATV made him unable to breathe.”
His father hadn’t seen his son for 5 or 10 minutes, went to look for him and discovered the accident, the coroner said. He called 911 for help.
The wreck occurred near a trail in a wooded area of the farm, Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Richard Fuhrman said. Firefighters were dispatched at about 9:15 a.m.
They drove a Ford Expedition into the property and crossed a small stream to get to the boy, who was about 200 yards off of Park Drive, Fuhrman said. The area is not far from Susquehannock State Park.
They took him out to the road and an ambulance transported him to Lancaster General Hospital.
Hospital staff pronounced him dead sometime before 11:15 a.m., Diamantoni said.
State police, in a news release issued Saturday afternoon, said the incident remained under investigation.
“It’s a tragic death,” Diamantoni said. “ATVs can be a great deal of fun, but they can be dangerous.”