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Police urge truck drivers to be careful in wake of boy's death

AFTER a two-year-old boy was recently killed by a truck, city police have asked drivers to check around their vehicles before driving off to prevent potential accidents.

The boy was playing beside the truck when he was run over as driver Wang Guangzheng didn't see him in the side-view mirror.

Wang has been detained by police.

The 23-year-old man from Henan Province didn't know about the accident until he was told by police.

"It was mainly the carelessness of the driver that led to the accident," said Li Jie, a Baoshan District police officer.

The accident occurred about 9:05am on June 23, when the victim was playing in front of his home at Fujin Road in Baoshan, police said.

The victim's grandmother was just a few meters away watching him play, said officer Shi Yaoming, who handled the accident.

"The grandmother said the child was missing when the truck started, and after it drove away, the boy was found lying on the ground," Shi said.

One of the truck's back wheels rolled over the boy, who was pronounced dead after paramedics arrived.

"It was horrible," Shi said. "There were tread marks on the body and the grandmother was crying and choking with sobs."

Wang was found resting in a garage lounge 50 meters away.

Wang said he checked the mirrors after getting in the truck but did not see the toddler.

"I walked to the truck on the left side and checked the mirror on the right, but I didn't see a child," Wang said. "The road was rough and I didn't realize that my wheel had hit someone."

Police said a loaded truck like Wang's is usually 4.5-meters tall and 15-meters long, which prevents drivers from seeing anyone under 1-meter tall from the other side.

Drivers would also not be able to see a child in the cab as there are blind spots.

If Wang had walked around the entire truck, the tragedy could have been prevented, Li said.

Police also called upon parents to keep a close eye on their children as traffic accidents have become the prime cause of accidental deaths among kids in the city.


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