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Dickinson Police officer rescues 5-year-old boy in roll-over accident

According to an accident report from the Dickinson Police Department, a 36-year-old Dickinson man was traveling northbound Monday with a 5-year-old boy and began approaching the bridge when the vehicle left the roadway, causing a vertical impact and forced the vehicle to come to a rest on its roof.

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The scene of a vehicle accident shows first responders rendering aid. A 5-year-old Dickinson boy was rescued by a Dickinson Police officer after he was suspended upside down in his seatbelt following a roll-over accident Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, near the Dinsdale Bridge. Both the driver of the vehicle and child experienced minor injuries. (Dickinson Press File Photo)

A 5-year-old Dickinson boy had to be rescued by a Dickinson Police officer after he was suspended upside down in his seatbelt following a roll-over accident Monday afternoon near the Dinsdale Bridge. Both the driver of the vehicle and child experienced minor injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a 36-year-old Dickinson man, was traveling northbound at approximately 3:41 p.m. in a 2006 Toyota Avalon in the 300 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast, approaching the bridge when the vehicle left the roadway and traveled over the bank of the bridge on the south shore, according to a statement from the Dickinson Police Department.

The front of the vehicle impacted the ground vertically, causing the vehicle to come to a rest on its roof and the driver was able to remove himself from the vehicle, Dickinson Police Lt. Mike Hanel said. Responding to the scene included the Dickinson Police Department, Stark County Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson Area Ambulance Service and Dickinson Fire Department.

Once the Dickinson Police officer helped safely remove the boy from the vehicle, both the driver and passenger were transported to St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson for treatment of minor injuries, Hanel noted.

Though investigators are still working on the crash report, Hanel added that the incident remains under investigation by the Dickinson Police Department.

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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