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Mother speaks out after twin daughters survived ATV accident

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WARREN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) -  After a fatal accident involving a 15-year old who was killed and two twin 6-year old's, some Mississippi lawmakers are working to push stricter ATV laws in the state.

Caitlin Lopez, Kimberly and Kaylee Madison were riding on a Yamaha Big Bear two days before Christmas. Lopez was operating the vehicle and suddenly it flipped.

Lopez was pronounced dead, and the twins were sent to Blair E. Batson hospital in Jackson.

The twin's mother, Selena Madison is thankful her two young daughters are alive.

"Knowing that they're here and that they're walking and talking a breathing. It is remarkable... To me," Madison said tearfully.

This accident of one of two ATV wrecks in the past year where children have been killed.

Warren County Sheriff, Martin Pace says it's time for Mississippi lawmakers to change the status quo with current ATV laws.

"I attribute at least some of this to Mississippi's lack of legislation," Pace said.

Meanwhile, two Mississippi lawmakers, Gray Tollison (D) of District 9, and Dannie Reed (R) of District 35 are pushing for changes in these laws once legislation begins in January.

In a statement, Tollison said: 

"We need to consider legislation this session to decrease the increasing number of ATV deaths and serious injuries, especially children. I believe that the passage of a law requiring the use of a helmet and required training for persons without a drivers license would go a long way to reduce the number of ATV deaths and serious injuries in Mississippi."

Sheriff Pace says all in all, ATV riding is dangerous and no matter what laws, everyone riding them should be cautious.

"In 2009, we've lost two beautiful teenage girls to four wheeler accidents. And they're just inheritantly dangerous vehicles," Pace said.

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