4-year-old on bike run over by mail truck in Baxter

The boy survived the accident.
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The 4-year-old's helmet was crushed in the accident. 

The 4-year-old's helmet was crushed in the accident. 

A 4-year-old boy had his helmet to thank for likely saving his life after he was run over by a mail truck in Baxter, Minnesota, over the weekend.

The boy was in and out of the hospital in a matter of hours after the incident at around 1:30 p.m. in a cul-de-sac neighborhood of Baxter.

A spokesman from Baxter Police Department tells Bring Me The News that the boy and his father were in the driveway when a mail truck pulled up, and when the dad went to get mail from the driver, the boy rode his bike in front of the truck. 

Neither the dad nor the mail driver saw the boy, who was run over when the truck accelerated to leave.

Police say the truck traveled about 15 feet and the boy exited somewhere behind the front passenger side tire, with the bike wedged under the front-center of the vehicle. 

The child suffered road abrasions to his chest and back, along with head contusions. 

When first responders arrived, the 4-year-old was alert and crying in his father's arms. He was taken to a local hospital and released a couple of hours later.  

The helmet he was wearing was crushed to pieces, but likely saved his life. 

"I can't imagine what the injuries would've been otherwise," the police spokesman said. 

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