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A 12-year-old Ontario boy was recovering slowly on Thursday after being run over by a snow-grooming machine while on a school ski trip.
Officials say Austin Miles was at the Mount Brighton Ski Area Wednesday when he lost control and skied in front of the machine. It struck and dragged him 40 to 60 metres before the operator realized what had happened, said reports.
It took about an hour to free him from the machine.
Austin, from Amherstburg, Ont., was initially listed in critical condition at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, but on Thursday, his condition was said to be improving, and officials noted that the boy had begun to wiggle his toes.
The Grade 7 student from Amherstburg Public School was on a school ski trip along with his parents.
Superintendent Sharon Pyke said the Greater Essex County District School Board is investigating.
"When an incident like this happens, certainly we take a look at our policies and procedures to ensure we have covered all possible contingency plans," she said.
When students return to classes Friday, there will be help available if they need it, Pyke said.
"As soon as they arrive, there will be a crisis team comprised of social workers and psychologists at the school to assist the teachers," she said. "When the students come, most likely they will have some questions and they will be talking about those answers."
Amherstburg is located in the southern tip of Ontario, about 20 kilometres south of Windsor.