11-year-old seriously injured in Rainier Go-Kart crash

The boy was in a Go-Kart that was being towed by a truck

An AMR ambulance (KOIN 6 News, file)
An AMR ambulance (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An 11-year-old boy from Portland was seriously injured on Monday in a Go-Kart crash in Rainier.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said the boy was sitting in a Go-Kart that was being towed by his uncle’s truck at the intersection of Nicolai Cutoff Road and Wilbur Road. The truck was reportedly going 15 to 20 mph when the Go-Kart veered off to the right side of the road, hit a tree and tipped over down an embankment.

The uncle and driver of the truck, 22-year-old Brandon McKay, said he looked back periodically while driving.

The boy was wearing a harness and a helmet and told McKaay he would steer the Go-Kart.

McKay said he braked and stalled the truck when he saw the Go-Kart veering, but it was too late. McKay rushed to his nephew’s aid and called 911.

The boy was flown to a hospital where he’s still in intensive car.

McKay voluntarily submitted to alcohol and drug testing. Preliminary results showed no signs of intoxication.

The boy lives in Portland with his parents, but was in Rainier visiting his grandparents and other family.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.