By MEGHIN DELANEY
MANATEE -- A 5-year-old boy was airlifted to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg after a crash Monday morning near Tillman Elementary School in Palmetto, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver of a semi- tractor trailer reportedly ran a red light at 29th Street East while heading northbound on Canal Road shortly after 8 a.m. and hit an SUV-style vehicle with three passengers, said Trooper Kenn Watson.
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The two students in the vehicle were Blackburn Elementary School students, said district spokesman Steve Valley.
The 5-year-old was ejected from the backseat of the vehicle and sustained severe head lacerations. An FHP news release said the boy was not wearing a seatbelt or was otherwise restrained.
The child was transported by helicopter to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg from Tillman Elementary, but the injuries were not life threatening, Watson said.
A 7-year-old girl sitting in the front seat and the 26-year-old mother, who was driving the passenger vehicle, were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital and had been released by 10:45 a.m., Watson said.
Watson did not have information on any potential injuries sustained by the 55-yeardriver of the tractor trailer. As of 10:45 a.m., no tickets or citations had been issued in accident, but Watson said it was expected the driver of the tractor trailer would be ticketed for running a steady red light.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.