A Four Oaks boy was badly injured after a John Deere Gator he was operating was struck by a pickup truck Wednesday.
The accident was reported at 6:40pm on Strickland’s Crossroads Road near Four Oaks.
The NC Highway Patrol said the 9 year-old was crossing the roadway in the utility vehicle to go fishing and failed to yield to an oncoming Ford F-350 truck driven by Oliver Dobson of Magnolia.
The child was ejected from the ATV and dragged a short distance along the roadway before the truck could come to a complete stop.
The victim was rushed to Wake Medical Center then transferred to the UNC Chapel Hill Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Troopers have not released the name of the child, but did say he was not wearing a helmet.
The driver of the truck was not injured. A spokesperson for the Highway Patrol said no charges have been filed and the investigation was still ongoing.
Trooper M. Samoksy is investigation the crash.