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Boy dies in motocross accident

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, August 9, 2014

A 13-year-old Rhome boy died Sunday, Aug. 3, in an accident while making a practice run at River Valley Motocross park in southern Wise County, near Boyd.

Tanner David Sims

The victim, Tanner David Sims, was a student in Northwest ISD.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker said the call came in at 1:29 p.m. Sunday from the park, which operates closed-circuit tracks for the sport of motocross on County Road 4757.

“It came in as a medical call, so EMS and the fire department were dispatched and Life Flite was put on standby,” Walker said. Two deputies also went to the scene.

The sheriff said the accident happened as several bikers were making a practice run.

“The victim jumped and wrecked, then someone else jumped behind him and landed on him,” Walker said. “They transported the victim to Texas Health Azle, where he was pronounced dead.”

River Valley Motorcross has an outdoor track, a super-cross track and a kids/beginner track.

The track was closed Thursday, when it is normally open for practice, for Sims’ funeral.

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