Mother accidentally runs over her young son with van while on a camping trip

LINVINGSTON COUNTY (WXYZ) - It was supposed to be a simple trip to the dumpster at Water's Edge campground in Livingston County Wednesday night.

A 27-year-old mother had her van door slid open and her three kids inside while she was driving trash to the dumpster.

"Unfortunately her  4-year-old child fell out of the van and was run over by the vehicle prior to her being able to stop," said Livingston County Undersheriff Michael J. Murphy."

Campground Executive Director Robert Lewis told 7 Action News he arrived minutes after it happened.

"We immediately called 911," said Lewis.  "We have a protocol for safety, an emergency action plan went into play.  The police, paramedics, fire department.."

According to police, the mother was driving 5 miles per hour. The boy was injured on his arm and leg but is expected to recover.

The boy was air lifted to Mott Children's Hospital in serious condition.

Everyone on the private church campground has been worried about him.

"Everybody is concerned out here," said Lewis. "This is a safe place. Children ride bikes. They walk the street. It's a campground… very safe place.  So anytime anyone gets hurt for any reason there's concern."

Undersheriff Murphy told 7 Action News the accident should be a reminder to parents to be extra careful when you are driving with your children.

"We've all ridden in the back of pickup trucks.  We've all ridden on a tailgate," said Undersheriff Murphy.  "We've all done things probably we shouldn't do and 99.9% of the time, you know, nothing ever happens.  This is just one of those things that fortunately did happen and it should serve as a reminder."

Alcohol and drugs are not factors in the accident.The sheriff's department is still investigating this case.

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