A report says the number of people hospitalized because of injuries on all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles rose 25 per cent from the mid-1990s to 2005. (The Herald Leader / THE CANADIAN PRESS / Charles Bertram)
Police say charges may be laid after a two-year-old boy was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash that injured three other children.
The accident happened around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday on private property northwest of Taber, Alta.
A 32-year-old driver was carrying four other passengers between the ages of two and 12 on a vehicle designed for a maximum of two riders.
RCMP say the ATV was stopped at the top of a steep hill when one of the passengers hit the accelerator, sending the vehicle down the embankment.
The driver tried to stop the ATV but it hit a rock and everyone was thrown out of the vehicle.
Paramedics took the children to the Taber hospital, where the two-year-old died. The other passengers were treated for minor injuries.
Police say neither the driver nor the passengers were wearing a helmet.
The name of the toddler is not being released.
Police told CTV that charges are being considered and that the driver and two-year-old are related.