Boy dies in Huntington ATV crash

  • One model of an all-terrain vehicle. WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Staff Writer
Published: 9/24/2018 11:41:33 AM

HUNTINGTON — A 14-year-old boy has died after an all-terrain vehicle he was driving crashed Sunday at about 1:30 p.m. on Sampson Road in Huntington, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

The Gateway Regional School District superintendent’s office confirmed that the boy was a student at Gateway Regional Middle School. The DA’s office said it will not release the boy’s name since he is a minor.

Another 14-year-old boy, a passenger on the ATV, suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening and was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, the DA’s office said.

School officials said the injured boy was also a Gateway Regional Middle School student, and was treated and released from the hospital.

The DA’s office said the boys were not wearing helmets.

Just off Route 66 near the Westhampton line, Sampson Road runs close to Huntington State Forest.

The Huntington Police and Fire Departments, Environmental Police Department, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office and MSP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) responded to and are investigating the crash.

A statement from Gateway Regional School District said: “Staff were informed by building administrators in each of our schools this morning and counseling staff have been deployed to support of students and staff.”

It continued, “As soon as additional information becomes available and in accordance with the family’s wishes, we will share. We sincerely hope that the family and our staff are afforded the privacy to process and grieve this tragic loss.”

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