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Accident kills area teen

Ironton Firefighter Johnny Leach looks over a smashed up GMC pick-up truck before he starts to pack up gear after helping to extricate an accident victim early Sunday morning.

The Ironton Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle crash Sunday that damaged three parked vehicles and resulted the death of the 16-year-old driver.

Police are withholding the juvenile’s name pending notification of family.

Police were called to the 2400 block of South Eighth Street at 8:02 a.m. Sunday.

“Through our investigation officers were able to determine a 1995 GMC pick-up truck was northbound in the 2400 block of South Eighth Street when it lost control and struck a parked vehicle, knocking that vehicle into a yard,” Ironton Police Capt. Chris Bowman said in a prepared statement.

“The pick-up truck continued northbound and struck a second parked vehicle, knocking it into a third parked vehicle where the pick-up truck came to rest,” Bowman said. “The driver of the pick up truck was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life.”

The 16-year-old was taken to the St. Mary’s Medical Center Ironton Campus where he was pronounced dead.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ironton Fire Department and the Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services all assisted in the incident.

Bowman said the police have not yet confirmed that one or more passengers were in the truck at the time of the accident and fled the scene immediately afterward.