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13-year-old dies in dirt bike accident at Finger Lakes State Park


A 13-year-old boy died after a crash at the Motorcross Track in Finger Lakes State Park Saturday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the accident happened just after 1 p.m. Saturday.

The boy lost control of his dirt bike while going over a raised area of the track, according to the crash report. The bike went airborne. The boy was thrown from the bike when it hit the ground.

Bystanders issued CPR until first responders from Boone Hospital and Boone Fire Protection District arrived on scene and took over, according to Boone Fire.

The boy was life-flighted to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 2:23 p.m.

"We do have crashes where people are involved in dirt bikes," Corporal Kyle Green with Missouri State Highway Patrol said. "Not as many as the ATVs, UTVs and all that... That's just because those things are so much more popular than just the dirt bikes."

Missouri State Highway Patrol helped investigate the accident after being asked by park rangers.

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