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6-year-old boy riding in ATV dies from injuries after crash on gravel road, trooper says

Longton Chirstian Community Church is raising money for the family of Elliott and Owen Cannon, who were injured in a crash. Owen, the younger of the two brothers, died of his injuries, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
Longton Chirstian Community Church is raising money for the family of Elliott and Owen Cannon, who were injured in a crash. Owen, the younger of the two brothers, died of his injuries, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. GoFundMe

The younger of two brothers involved in an ATV crash on a rural, gravel road in southeast Kansas last week has died of his injuries, authorities said.

Trooper Rick Wingate of the Kansas Highway Patrol said 6-year-old Owen Cannon died from injuries sustained in the April 18 crash in rural Elk County.

Owen was a passenger in a John Deere Gator driven by his older brother, 9-year-old Elliot Cannon, on Harvest Road, the highway patrol said in a crash report. The westbound ATV crested a hill at the same time an eastbound Ford truck, and the two vehicles collided.

Both boys, who are from rural Longton, were taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita with suspected serious injuries.

The truck driver, identified in the report as Tyler V. Claibourn, 36, of Neodesha, had no apparent injury.

Wingate said the investigation is ongoing.

A GoFundMe was started for the family by Longton Christian Community Church. It identifies the boys as brothers and states they were life-flighted after the wreck. Elliott had a broken leg, and Owen had swelling on his brain and cracked vertebrae in his neck, according to the GoFundMe.

“Please, lets help this family, whether it be with continued prayers or a donation to help with gas/food/lodging while they go down this horrible path,” the church wrote. “They also just recently had a baby girl that is 2 months old. “

“We are saddened by the news that sweet Owen has passed,” the GoFundMe account states. “Please continue to pray for strength and healing for Randy, Jamie, and Elliott.”

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