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ATV collided with state game and fish vehicle

Two 13-year-olds were sent to The Medical Center Saturday after their ATV collided with a state game and fish vehicle in Russell County.

The boy and girl had been riding around on the four-wheeler most of the morning when the collision happened around 10:45 a.m. CST on Sandfort Road at Gallops Road, said Communications Officer Smith with the Alabama State Trooper's Opelika post.

The conservation employee was driving a green Dodge Dakota pickup truck and was heading west on Sandfort to check on a night hunting complaint when the ATV drove off Gallops, a dirt road, and in front of the pickup on its way into a private driveway, Trooper Harrelson and Smith said.

"The four-wheeler did not stop at the stop sign," Smith said. "They approached the stop sign and tried to cross the road and ran right out in front of the pickup."

Harrelson said the ATV did not yield to the pickup truck. No charges are pending toward the children or the conservation officer, whose names the trooper declined to release.

Both children were taken to The Medical Center, where the boy was in critical condition, Smith said. The girl's condition wasn't known by troopers.

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