Youth killed in 4-wheeler crash

BRAMPTON TOWNSHIP – A 12-year-old boy died Sunday when the four-wheeler he was riding struck a semi tractor trailer on M-35 in Brampton Township, north of Gladstone, according to a news release from the Delta County Sheriff’s Department.

The boy was a passenger on a four-wheeler driven by another male juvenile when the accident occurred near 26th Lane shortly after 5 p.m., said deputies.

According to the news release, the two boys were attempting to cross the highway when the four-wheeler struck a southbound semi tractor trailer. The semi was pulling heaving equipment on a trailer.

The 12-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the four-wheeler was transported by Rampart Ambulance to OSF St. Francis Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and later released, said deputies.

The sheriff’s department continues to investigate the accident. The names of those involved in the accident are not being released at this time.

Assisting deputies at the scene were Michigan State Police (MSP) from the Gladstone Post, MSP Motor Carrier Division, MSP Accident Reconstructionist, Rampart Emergency Medical Services, Delta County Victim Services Unit, and Brampton Township Volunteer Fire Department.