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Missouri State Parks

  Authorities say a woman has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident at a state park north of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the crash happened Saturday on a trail at Finger Lakes State Park. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Broniec says the preliminary investigation indicates the woman was driving the ATV up a steep hill when the vehicle rolled backward and crashed.

A friend who was riding a separate ATV led first responders about a half mile down the trail to where the accident happened. The woman died at the scene.

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Matt Gibbens has been riding all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, for a long time, but he’s never taken a safety course.

“I know there's a lot of them out there but I've just grown up on them,” Gibbens said.

Gibbens grew up on a farm and said he’s used ATVs for both work and play. But despite his experience with the machine, he’s still dressed from head to toe in protective gear, including a helmet, goggles, and chest protector.

Gibbens said he thinks about safety every time he gets on his ATV.

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources temporarily shut down the beaches at three state parks this week. Samples showed elevated levels of bacteria in the water. The affected beaches are located at Finger Lakes Park in Columbia, Harry S. Truman Park in Warsaw and Wakonda Park in La Grange.

Thousand Hills Park in Kirksville was closed because of flooding.

Boone County Fire Protection District

Another fire has been reported at a former city landfill north of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that firefighters have been battling another grass fire Wednesday at the former site of the Columbia municipal landfill, which is south of Finger Lakes State Park. The site has burned several times over the past week.

Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Scott Olsen says buried trash at the former landfill has been smoldering and continues to start fires. He says the fires will likely continue until the weather cools.