A Maine toddler who wandered into the road was killed when struck by a tow truck.

Where Was This?

The incident happened on Wednesday at approximately 2:32 in the afternoon. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says Troopers were called to Windsor Road in Chelsea for a report of a child struck by a vehicle.

How Old Was the Child?

When they arrived, Troopers found a tow truck and a 21-month-old child who had been hit. Troopers and witnesses performed CPR until Chelsea Fire and Gardiner Rescue arrived on the scene and transported the child to Maine General Hospital. It was at the hospital that the child was pronounced dead. Her name has not been released.

What Happened?

An investigation into the circumstances of the crash determined that the 62-year-old tow truck driver had been traveling northbound on Windsor Road in his GMC flatbed truck when he struck the child. The toddler had been playing outside the home when she wandered into the roadway and laid down. He couldn't tell it was a child laying in the road until it was too late. The driver's name has not been released.

Our sincerest condolences to the child's family and to the tow truck driver and rescue personnel involved in this tragic incident.

This incident remains under investigation.

We'll update this story as more details become available. 

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