12-year-old Driving Pickup, Dies After Crash

EXIRA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has been fatally injured in the crash of a pickup he was driving in western Iowa.

Atlantic radio station KJAN reports that the accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Thursday on a rural road seven miles east of Exira.

The Audubon County Sheriff's Department says Austin Vais, of Exira, wasn't wearing a seat belt or other restraint when the pickup went out of control, slid sideways and rolled. The boy was ejected.

He'd been driving alone in the truck.

The department says Vais was taken to Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, where he died.

The crash is being investigated.
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