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Teenagers crash ATV; 14-year-old dies after being trapped in wreckage Monday afternoon

11 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago Tuesday, July 25 2023 Jul 25, 2023 July 25, 2023 9:49 AM July 25, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

LORANGER - Two teenagers crashed a 4-wheeler they were driving Monday afternoon, leaving a 13-year-old injured, a 14-year-old dead, and his mother badly burned after she tried to rescue her son.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office told WBRZ the boys were on an ATV when it left the roadway and hit a culvert. The 13-year-old was thrown from the wreckage and taken to a hospital.

The 14-year-old was not thrown from the ATV when it crashed and was trapped when the vehicle caught fire. His mother attempted to pull him from the wreckage, but he ultimately died.

The mother was badly burned, according to the TPSO, noting that the fire consumed the vehicle and even spread to a nearby tree.

Scorch marks were still visible a day later.

"You got a mother trying to save her son," Chief Deputy Jimmy Travis said. "She did what she could." 

WBRZ has reached out for more information on the condition of the 13-year-old. He was taken to North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond.

After surgery, the teen was transferred to a children's hospital for further treatment.

"Just make sure anyone operating it understands how quickly things can happen, and how dangerous an ATV is when it's not operated properly," Travis said.

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