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Young girl is killed in ATV accident at home

A nine-year-old Letcher County girl was killed Sunday when the all-terrain vehicle on which she was riding struck a tree headon.

The girl was riding at Laurel Lane off KY 510 at Gilly, near the Harlan County line, when the accident occurred about 6:20 p.m. Sunday.

Kentucky State Police said the girl was riding on a TaoTao kid’s ATV in the driveway of her home when she lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell.

TaoTao produces inexpensive electric and gas ATVs sized for children. She was the only rider on the ATV.

An autopsy was performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort. Trooper Jason Bates with KSP Post 13 is investigating this incident.

Police did not release the victim’s name.

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