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Published May 28 2011

Minnesota woman dies trying to stop runaway truck

CROSSLAKE, Minn. – Police say a Crosslake woman has died after she tried to stop a rolling pickup truck that her 2-year-old nephew was in.

Police Chief Bob Hartman said the 32-year-old was killed Thursday. The toddler wasn’t hurt.

Hartman said the boy was playing inside the pickup when the truck began rolling backward down a hill. He said the woman jumped on the truck’s running board and was reaching inside to put it in park when the vehicle sideswiped a large tree. The woman got caught between the truck and the tree. A witness and emergency responders performed CPR, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hartman said she apparently died of head trauma.