Girl, 6, killed in fall from lawn mower

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a young girl has been killed in a fall from a tractor mower.

Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High says six-year-old Colleen Persell of Florence died at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital after the accident Sunday evening at her home.

He said she died a short time after being taken to the hospital.

University of North Alabama spokesman Josh Woods said the girl was a first-grade student at Kilby Laboratory School, which is on the UNA campus.

He said there were plans to have counselors in place to assist students and staff members as they cope with the loss.

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