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Six-year-old Killed After Truck Crashes Through Fence

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A six-year-old has died and another child was injured after a truck crashed through the backyard of a Des Moines home and into a ditch.

Police said it happened in 2600 block of Hickman Road. The Des Moines Police Department said a pickup truck rear-ended a mini van and veered off the road. The truck then crashed through a fence, traveled through a yard where two children were playing and went down a ditch. One child was pinned underneath the vehicle and died.

A four-year-old was also injured and was taken to an area hospital. Police said the four-year-old suffered minor injuries.

Police have identified the driver of the truck as Guadalupe Villa-Guzman, 44, of Des Moines.  It is not clear what caused Villa-Guzman's vehicle to veer off the road. Authorities will determine if charges will be filed after the investigation is complete. Police add that Villa-Guzman had a suspended license.

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