June 4, 2005 in Nation/World

Boy’s death in wreck mars ‘tractor day’

Associated Press

FABIUS, N.Y. – A 16-year-old boy taking his family’s tractor to school Friday for “tractor day” was killed in a collision with an all-terrain vehicle, police said.

Michael Neugebauer was driving the tractor and pulling a small homemade trailer with a friend inside when the accident occurred. Neugebauer apparently tried to slow the tractor down as it began to pick up speed while going down a hill, but it still slammed into the back of the ATV, state police Capt. Jeffrey Raub.

The passenger in the trailer, Kyle Sullivan, 16, was taken to University Hospital in Syracuse with a broken leg and neck and back injuries. The driver of the ATV, Kayla Carter, 15, was not injured.

Raub said the “tractor day” event is a tradition that involves students driving tractors to school and parking them in the school lot to show them off. The event is not sanctioned by school officials.

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