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Teen dies in river crash from slick road

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A 15-year-old Manning boy died last week when his pickup truck went off a slick, gravel roadway just northeast of town and crashed into a small river, according to a Carroll County Sheriff's report.

It was foggy outside when Max James Sanford was northbound on Concord Avenue just north of 300th Street about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and his truck went into the east ditch and went airborne into the West Nishnabotna River bed, the report said. The truck crashed into the northern bank of the small river, overturned and landed on its top in the middle of the river.

A passerby reported the crash. A significant amount of the vehicle was submerged in the water.

Emergency responders had to use unspecified tools to remove Sanford from the truck, and he was taken by ambulance to Manning Regional Healthcare Center.

Sanford was later transported to a Des Moines hospital, where he died Friday.

Sanford, the oldest child of Brett and Kasie Sanford, was a freshman at IKM-Manning High School and a leader among his peers, having been a member of student councils and the Junior Honor Society, according to his obituary.

“This is such a tragedy for someone so young to be gone so sudden,” said Trevor Miller, superintendent of the school district.

The district is offering grief counseling for students and staff who are struggling with Sanford’s death.

A visitation is set for Tuesday at the high school from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral will follow at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the school.

In an October birthday message on Facebook, Sanford’s father Brett wrote this to his son: “You are becoming the young man that your mom and I always knew you could be. Never give up on being you and your dreams will come true.”

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