9-year-old driver, 6-year-old passenger seriously hurt in ATV vs. truck crash, KHP says

State troopers say that two boys, a 9-year-old driver and a 6-year-old passenger, were seriously hurt when their ATV collided with a truck on a Kansas road.

Emergency crews were called at around 6:18 p.m. Thursday to the wreck on Harvest Road near Longton in Elk County, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers wrote in a crash report. The crash involved a 2012 John Deere Gator ATV and a 2012 Ford Truck.

Investigators determined that a 9-year-old boy was driving the Gator westbound on Harvest Road with a 6-year-old boy riding as a passenger, the crash report states. The Ford truck was eastbound on the same road.

“Both vehicles crested a hill and (the truck) attempted to avoid a collision,” troopers wrote in the report. “Vehicles struck passenger side to passenger side, (the ATV) spun coming to rest on the South part of the road, (the truck) came to rest on the North side of the road.”

The boys were both taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita with suspected serious injuries, the crash report states. Both of them are from Longton. The 36-year-old Neodesha man driving the truck had no apparent injury.

Longton is about 90 miles southeast of Wichita.

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