OGDEN, Utah (KSL) – A 6-year-old girl from Ogden, Utah is lucky to have avoided serious injury after she accidentally flipped her family’s truck into gear and took it for an unexpected ride down a hill and up a telephone pole retention wire.
“The truck was just facing up and she was trying to jump out of the truck,” mother Mireya Valdez said of the Tuesday night ordeal.
“I was just screaming for her, and so I was just really scared.”
Valdez said she was loading up kids into the truck. She had placed 6-year-old Jaylee inside and had gone back inside her home to grab her nephew.
When she returned to the front door moments later, Valdez said she heard her daughter’s screams and the truck was missing from the driveway.
Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott said the child somehow got the truck in reverse, and then it rolled forward down the hill.
Valdez said she reached the truck and held out her arms, and Jaylee jumped into them.
“She was really scared and she had a bloody nose and her lip was really swollen,” she said.
Scott said it took two tow trucks to get the vehicle down from the retention wire.
The truck was still drivable, according to the family.