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Small child ejected from minivan as it overturns, sending 4 to hospital

Child thrown from flipping minivan

A child was thrown from an overturning Dodge Caravan on Bishop John L. Cotton Way near Broadway and Houston Avenue in Macon at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The driver told Bibb sheriff's deputies the van's brakes went out and she swe
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A child was thrown from an overturning Dodge Caravan on Bishop John L. Cotton Way near Broadway and Houston Avenue in Macon at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The driver told Bibb sheriff's deputies the van's brakes went out and she swe

A small child was thrown from a minivan Tuesday morning after the mother lost control of the vehicle on Broadway in Macon.

Bibb County sheriff’s Sgt. Linda Howard said the driver told deputies the brakes went out on the Dodge Caravan as she was headed toward town.

She swerved to avoid the vehicle in front of her, crossed the yellow line, hit the sewer cover at the curb, and started overturning.

The impact broke off a large chunk of concrete at the storm drain.

A scratch on a utility pole indicates the van might have scraped it, as well.

The van, with a Pennsylvania license plate, hit a building on Bishop John L. Cotton way and came to rest upright between the building and the Houston Avenue road sign.

Shirley Foster was on her way into work across the street at the Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council when she saw the woman crying while holding a baby on the stretcher.

Foster tried to comfort the woman and prayed with her as paramedics tended to the slightly older child who was carried from the road into an ambulance.

The woman carrying the baby was able to walk on her own and get into the the ambulance, while another adult on the sidewalk was strapped to a stretcher and loaded into another ambulance that was called to the scene.

The young child that was thrown from the van is expected to survive, Howard said.

The crash crumbled part of the brick building, but Macon-Bibb County firefighters determine it did not cause a gas leak.

A man at the scene said the small building was recently renovated.

Bibb County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the crash.

Come back to macon.com for updates and read Wednesday’s Telegraph.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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