Dump truck hits ATV pulling sled in Logan Township, boy killed

LOGAN TWP., N.J. - December 11, 2013

Students at Logan Elementary school in Gloucester County returned to school Wednesday from a snow day to find someone from their school was killed.

What was supposed to be a day off of fun turned tragic, and now the students are mourning the loss of one of their own.

"It's a tragedy. I'm shocked. I can't believe it," said parent Kristen Deatore.

Tuesday just before 4:30 p.m., four students were having fun with an ATV pulling a sled in the fields along Oak Grove Road.

Investigators say the ATV ended up on Oak Grove Road when it was hit by the dump truck.

"The ATV did enter the roadway and was struck by a dump truck traveling eastbound on the corner of Oak Grove Road at the time," said Logan Township Police Chief James Schmidt.

The 11-year-old driver was killed.

The rider, a 13-year-old female friend, was also hurt. Their siblings, 12 and 13-year-old girls were on the sled. Neither was hurt.

The children are all students at Logan Elementary. The school has counselors available to help students deal with the tragedy.

In a statement, the principal of Logan Elementary, Catherine Kelly, said:

"The Logan Township School District Community has been saddened by the loss of one of our elementary students. We are working together to provide counseling support for students throughout the district during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved and I know our entire school family feels the same."

Parents tell Action News that ATV's are really popular in the area. Many hope to talk to their children about what happened.

"He's probably going to be scared to even go on his ATV," said Deatore.

The police chief is waiting to release the names of the children in hopes of giving the families some privacy. He plans to release the names after investigators are able to sit down with both families.

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