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Boy chasing ball hit by car, injured

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Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 4:32 pm | Updated: 3:48 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A 10-year-old boy suffered a head injury Wednesday afternoon after being struck by truck while chasing a ball onto Arizona Avenue, Chandler police and fire officials said.

The boy, who was responsive, was flown to Maricopa Medical Center as a precaution, Chandler Fire spokesman Paul Nies said.

An off-duty Chandler firefighter responded to the scene and gave aid to the boy prior to a fire engine arriving.

“He had help pretty quickly after this happened. He was responding appropriately,” Nies said. The off-duty firefighter kept the boy from moving his head and spine, Nies said.

“That’s the most important thing. He kept this young boy’s spine in alignment. That’s a huge concern when you get hit by a car,” Nies said.

No further information about the boy’s condition was known early Wednesday evening.

According to police, a group of boys was playing with a red rubber playground-type ball near apartments at 99 W. Palomino St. when the incident happened.

Southbound Arizona Avenue is closed at Palomino. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.

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