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9-year-old injured

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Thayer boy receives injuries after running into pickup truck

THAYER -- A 9-year-old Thayer boy suffered minor injuries when he ran into the side of a moving pickup truck Aug. 8.

Thayer Police Chief Gene Hatman said Michael Franz was walking to Rogers Service Station on Front Street in Thayer just after 11 a.m. when the accident occurred.

Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard, who witnessed the accident, said Franz was on the service station side of the street when a King Asphalt dump truck passed the boy and he ran behind it into a late model Chevrolet truck driven by Douglas Dexter of Myrtle.

Deckard said he thinks the boy was going to the service station to buy a soda because before the accident he heard the boy yell to station owner Buddy Rogers asking if the soda machine worked.

"Harold Sellers was behind the truck and honked his horn trying to warn the boy, and I think this probably kept him from getting hurt. He was never unconscious. He did complain about a hurt tooth," the mayor said.

All three vehicles were headed northwest on Front Street.

The mayor said the collision caused minor damage to the pickup truck. He said the rear view mirror on the passenger side of the truck was bent and there was a small dent in the passenger side of the door where Franz made contact with the truck.

Franz was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains were he was treated for injuries, including bruised ribs, an injury to his knee and a knocked-out tooth.

He is the son of Kimberly Franz of Thayer and will be a fourth grader this year at Thayer Elementary School.

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