Two young Missouri brothers — aged 6 and 7 — died in a crash after taking their grandparents’ car out for a joyride, authorities said.
The boys, who were not immediately identified, died Friday in rural Jackson County when their grandparents’ 2007 Buick LaCrosse went airborne at least twice after running off East Blue Mills Road and hitting a guardrail, according to a Missouri Highway Patrol crash report obtained by KSHB.
The Buick, which was driven by the 7-year-old, then struck a nearby wire before rolling over as it hit a tree and ultimately caught fire in a creek, authorities said.
The identities of the boys, who were from Independence, have not been released, KSHB reports.
The young driver lost control of the Buick just before it went off an embankment, WDAF reports.
Speed is believed to be a “contributing factor” in the crash, including why the vehicle flipped and landed on its roof, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Andy Bell told NBC News.
The youngsters also drove through a field during their unauthorized ride, Bell said.
“It’s pretty unique, to say the least, and devastating,” Bell told NBC News.
Investigators were looking into how the boys initially took possession of the Buick, Bell said.
Neither boy was wearing a seat belt at the time, KCTV reports.
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