MACON CO., AL (WVUE) - Alabama State troopers are investigating a vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 13-year-old Metairie boy. The incident occurred Friday around 10:15 a.m. on Interstate 85 in Macon County, AL, just outside of Auburn. The victim has been identified as Clifton Neyrey. He was en route to a camping trip with his boy scout troop when the incident took place.
Police say that Neyrey was a passenger in a pickup truck that left the roadway and struck a guardrail. Neyrey was rushed to a hospital in Montgomery, AL but was later pronounced dead.
"Part of me can't even imagine what they're going through, they're going through terrible times and our role as a community of faith is to do everything we can to reach out to them, to all those involved," said Fr. Ronald Calkins of St. Catherine of Siena Church where Neyrey attended. Fr. Calkins adds that the family and members of the church are trying to cope with the loss.
Two other scouts received non-life threatening injuries in the crash. The troop has returned home.