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Two skateboarders injured in Eureka in less than a week

EUREKA- Two different people riding skateboards in Eureka have been taken to the hospital with major injuries in less than a week.

The first accident happened last Wednesday.  The skateboarder was riding down the hill on Henderson and collided with a vehicle in the intersection of West Henderson Henderson Street and Broadway. On Sunday afternoon before 1 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was skateboarding down the hill on the 4200 block of F street. Police say he crashed on his own.  The boy was airlifted to an out of area hospital with major injuries to his head. Police say these two skateboarders put themselves in danger by not wearing helmets and skateboarding down steep hills.

"We would highly discourage that.  I mean it's unsafe when you're skateboarding down a hill like that, especially with cars that are going up and down the street, you're really taking your chances.  We really want to stress personal safety equipment.  It's paramount.  You only live once and it only takes one accident like that to change your life, so the more gear you wear, the better," said Officer Gary Whitmer, the Senior Traffic Officer with the Eureka Police Department.