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A pickup truck slammed into a horse-drawn carriage in Missouri on Thursday, killing an eight-year-old Mennonite boy and seriously injuring four members of his family, including two other children.
The crash happened at around 6.45am in a remote area of St Francois County, about 80 miles southwest of St Louis, the Highway Patrol said.
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The Mennonite family was headed to pick blueberries at a nearby farm when the truck came up from behind and crashed into it.
'The truck went over the top of it. It's literally destroyed,' patrol Cpl Juston Wheetley told the St Louis Post-Dispatch of the carriage.
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The eight-year-old died at the scene.
The other two children, ages 10 and 12, were taken to St Louis Children's Hospital with serious injuries.
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The injured adults, ages 50 and 28, were also seriously hurt and were taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, authorities said. The 19-year-old driver of the carriage wasn't injured.
Authorities haven't released the names of those involved in the crash.
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The 19-year-old pickup truck's driver and his passenger were not hurt, and the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, Wheetley said.
He said the crash happened on a straight stretch of the two-lane highway and that the carriage had an orange safety placard attached, adding that it isn't clear how fast the truck was going.
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