Rockland boy rushed to Boston hospital after hand severed in accident
Rockland — A 5-year-old boy from Rockland was rushed to Mass General Hospital in Boston June 26 after his hand was severed in an accident involving a jump rope and a moving vehicle at the intersection of Main and Park streets in Rockland, according to Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wallace Tower.
The boy was riding in the back seat of a Dodge pickup truck driven by his grandmother, and he was playing with a jump rope, having tied it around his wrist. He had thrown the other end of the jump rope out the truck window. Another vehicle ran over the jump rope, putting pressure on it. The force caused the rope to sever the boy's hand, according to Tower.
The boy's hand landed on the ground outside the vehicle.
The accident occurred at 7:33 p.m. as the truck was headed north on Main Street in front of Park Street Grille.
Police are not releasing the names of those involved at this time. The grandmother is 52 years old and from Thomaston.
Several passersby assisted at the scene along with Rockland Police and Rockland EMS paramedics.
"A woman showed up and knew how to put pressure on the arm," said a member of the family. Together they worked to save the boy's life.
Sources close to the family said Wednesday morning that the boy is in surgery and doctors are attempting to reattach his hand.