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Child dies in Jackson County ATV wreck

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - Deputies in Jackson County say a 12-year-old is dead after an All Terrain Vehicle wreck this weekend.

"It just seemed this was a sheer accident and a tragic one at that," Jackson County sheriff's office chief deputy Rocky Harnen said.

Saturday was a heart-sinking call for Jackson County sheriff's deputies.

"They just said it was some uneven ground that may have caused it," Harnen said.

The 12-year-old boy was riding a four-wheeler near Hollytree on Saturday morning Alabama Highway 65 around County Road 4 when deputies say his family found him after an accident.

"They checked and he'd already passed," Harnen said.

The boy is from Hartselle, so far, sheriff's deputies aren't naming him.

"It's rough on responders and law enforcement anytime a child is killed in an accident. Our prayers go out to the family and friends involved in that," Harnen said.

Harnen said it didn't appear the boy was being unsafe at the time the accident happened, but encourages other families who love the outdoors to work out a safety plan before a trip to the woods.

"Have food, water, clothing, a phone, some way of getting in touch with people. And let someone know where you're going to be and what time you're going to be back," Harnen said.

Medical crews tried to resuscitate the boy and took him to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead.

The boy will be laid to rest on Wednesday in Falkville.

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