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There is little more terrifying than watching a child get run over. These kinds of pedestrian accidents take parents' breath away and have witnesses on edge as they wait to see if the child will survive.

This story is a perfect example of why it's vital to be cautious even when drivers know there will be people on or near the roads. Not paying attention for even a few seconds is enough time to hit a pedestrian.

In a horrifying story, a trailer ran over a child during a parade that took place in central Minnesota. The July 9 news report stated that the child was picking up candy around the parade route on Highway 87 when the pickup truck pulling a boom trailer moved forward. A passenger, a 17-year-old, stopped the 24-year-old driver and alerted him to the child under the tire.

The driver quickly reversed off the child, and emergency responders were present and ready to assist. The 7-year-old child had to be flown to Sanford Children's Hospital. Despite being run over, the child's injuries have been reported as nonlife-threatening. The child was still in the hospital on July 9; however, his parents chose not to release his condition to the news team.

This situation was completely avoidable. While the police have not said if there will be charges against the truck's driver, it's situations like these that show why it's so important to pay attention, even if you're moving slowly. It only takes a few seconds for a vehicle to strike someone.

Source: West Central Tribune, "Trailer runs over child during parade in central Minnesota," July 09, 2017

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