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Boy, 8, dies in ATV crash

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 ~ Updated 7:48 AM

PORTAGEVILLE -- A Portageville boy was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident Monday in New Madrid County.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 1:30 p.m. on County Road 417, one mile south of Missouri Highway 162, as 8-year-old Jacob Harris, who was operating an eastbound ATV, exited a field road into the path of the southbound vehicle driven by Amos M. French, 60, of Portageville. French's vehicle struck the ATV.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:35 p.m. by New Madrid County coroner Jimmy McSpadden and transported to DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville.