Teen Dies After the Truck He Was Sleeping in Was Swept Away in a Flash Flood

A teenager is dead after he was swept away by flash floods in Manchester on Saturday.

Manchester High School student Miguel Quezada, 17, was with three friends about a quarter of a mile from the Island Creek Bridge on U.S. 52, Manchester Fire Chief Rick Bowman explained.

While his friends went fishing, the chief said Quezada went to sleep in a truck.

As he slept, the fire chief said flash flood water came through and swept the truck away with the 17-year-old asleep inside.

“He was in the truck sleeping and they went, I guess they got in the truck with him or tried to get him out,” Chief Bowman explained. “They got out. Three of them got out and he didn’t get out.”

Manchester firefighter Ian Long was there when crews first responded.

Chief Bowman said the truck was later found at the Creek Bridge.

Once the water receded, they were able to pull Quezada’s body out, the chief said.

The Superintendent of Manchester Local Schools released a statement Sunday, offering thoughts and prayers for everyone involved.

“It is with a heavy heart as our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of one of our High School students who passed away, unexpectedly, last evening. We will respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time.

“Student counseling services will be available at school tomorrow, Monday, May 6th, as needed, for students.

“Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

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