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Accident: 4-year-old girl struck by vehicle, taken to trauma center; injuries believed to be non-life threatening

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A 4-year-old girl was flown to from Sulphur Springs to a Dallas trauma center after being struck by a vehicle in an apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

Sulphur Springs police, firefighters and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel responded at 2 p.m. at Heartland Village Apartments at 749 Wildcat Way, to a crash in which a child was injured.

Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Matt Glenn said that according to their investigation, they believe the 4-year-old “walked out in front of the vehicle. The vehicle was unable to stop in time and struck the child.”

The little girl sustained at least one serious leg injury; she was reported to have been dragged a short distance — thought to be the distance it took the pickup to stop — by her leg  under the vehicle.

Glenn said it’s unclear if the child was playing outside or her reason for being outside at that time, only that the girl was outside and apparently “walked out in front of” a Ford Ranger driven by a white male, age 18, who had gained entry to the gated complex to visit a resident. The child’s mother was on the apartment grounds, according to police.

Paramedics at the scene requested a medical helicopter be landed nearby to fly the child to a trauma center for what were believed to be “non life-threatening injuries,” but due to the nature of the injury and manner in which they occurred. Sulphur Springs firefighters established a landing zone at Sulphur Springs Middle School while Hopkins County EMS treated the little girl. A medical helicopter landed at the school and flew the preschooler to Children’s Hospital in Dallas for treatment.

According to Glenn, no charges or citations are expected to be filed in regard to the crash, which police believe to be an accident.

 

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