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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Toddler goes on wild ride in truck          Send a link to a friend

[June 27, 2007]  COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) -- A 2-year-old boy went for a wild ride when the parked pickup he was in rolled out of a driveway, across a road and down several embankments, taking out a gas line, trees, and eventually the porch of a home and a chain link fence.

The toddler wasn't hurt, said officials with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

But the pickup, several trees, an outdoor pond, the porch cover and the chain link fence will need some work.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Quayle said the boy was in the cab of the Ford truck Sunday morning while his mother and a man loaded a mattress into the pickup bed.

Suddenly, the truck started rolling backwards out of the driveway, crossing a road and taking out a natural gas line. The truck then went over a small embankment and through the yard of a home, crushing several trees and running over an outdoor pond.

The truck went down another 8-foot embankment and into another back yard, where it hit the support posts for a porch, collapsing the structure. Continuing on its way, the pickup went down a 6-foot embankment, and finally struck a chain link fence, which stopped the pickup.

Quayle said it isn't clear why the pickup started rolling.

[Associated Press]


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