A woman, eight-and-a-half months pregnant, who was apparently run over by her pickup truck in a Chetek parking lot on Thursday, Aug. 8, delivered a baby boy after the incident.
Chetek Police Chief Ron Ambrozaitis said he heard on Friday, Aug. 9, that the woman was in surgery, that she had delivered her baby and that the baby was “stable,” if not a few weeks early. He said the hospital did not give any more information, citing privacy laws.
The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. and was caught by surveillance cameras at the Horton’s True Value Hardware store on Third Street.
Those who saw the footage said the woman, from Cameron, was standing next to her Ford pickup truck, which was parked in a parking space with the driver’s door open. Suddenly, the truck started rolling back and to the right. The woman tried to keep up with the truck but it and the door knocked her down and she was run over with the truck’s front left tire.
Ambrozaitis said there was some sort of mechanical issue with the truck and the woman’s passenger said the truck had a brake issue. She had a bottle of brake fluid with her and Ambrozaitis speculated that the woman may have pulled the emergency brake release, instead of the hood latch release, while attempting to check the brake fluid.
Chetek Ambulance Service, first responders, Chetek Fire Department and Chetek Police Department responded to the incident. Blackjack Towing later towed the vehicle to the police impound.
Radio dispatches at the time said the woman’s water had broken. Ambrozaitis said the woman was complaining of a lot of pain.
The Life Link III helicopter responded to the Chetek Municipal-Southworth Airport and flew the woman to Regions Hospital, in St. Paul, Minn.
Police declined to name the woman at this time.