Boy, 6, crashes family van

April 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM
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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore., April 18 (UPI) -- Police in Oregon said a 6-year-old boy who took his family's van to go buy some food was not injured when he crashed head-on into a pickup truck.

Oregon state troopers and Klamath Falls emergency responders said they responded to a 7:15 a.m. Sunday call about the crash on Bristol Avenue near Fargo Street and arrived to discover the boy had been driving his mother's 1996 Plymouth Voyager, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Monday.

State Police Sgt. Robert Fenner told Portland's KGW-TV the boy told troopers he had taken the van and a roll of pennies from his apartment because he was hungry and wanted to buy some food.

The driver of the pickup, Tammy Belau, 29, was treated for minor injuries.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and child welfare officials are involved.

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