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UPDATE: Hole Collapses On Boy Digging in Sand in Long Branch, Responding Fire Truck Strikes Pedestrians

Boy remains in pediatric intensive care unit at Monmouth Medical Center

A large hole collapsed on a young boy who was digging in the sand in Long Branch on Tuesday afternoon, and a fire truck responding to the scene hit a pedestrian who was holding his toddler.

All three victims have been taken to area hospitals for their injuries, according to Long Branch Police Capt. Jason Roebuck.

Roebuck said the 12-year-old boy was digging in the sand and that CPR was performed on him by lifeguards as soon as he was pulled out of the hole. He said the boy was rushed to Monmouth Medical Center for treatment and that police are still investigating the incident.

The boy is still in the the pediatric intensive care unit at the hospital as of 9:30 p.m., according to Roebuck.

The man holding his toddler was struck near the corner of Madison Avenue and Ocean Boulevard just as a fire truck was turning the corner to respond to the scene of the incident on the beach.

Roebuck said the man dropped the toddler just as the fire truck hit him. He said both the toddler's and the man's injuries appear to be non life-threatening, and that they were taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. No update on their condition was immediately available.

Both incidents occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m.

This is a breaking news story and it will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.

tattooedFire. July 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
R.I.P. little guy. And the father and child injured during the response of the L.B.F.D. is a tragic thing. As a First Responder Paid or Volunteer takes alot. Most cant cope or deal with putting ones life on the line for others. So the ones that tried and couldnt do it or never could are the wendy whiners! So suck it up babys.
Thenews July 20, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Believe it or not the City of Long Branch has an ordinance that deals with digging holes. Maybe it something the lifeguards/special officers should start to enforce. The law is on the book so why not use. Long Branch has a slew of ordinances for their beaches. http://www.visitlongbranch.com/docs/citycodebook.pdf City Ordinance 116-5 O. No hole shall be dug in the public bathing beach in such a manner as to leave a depression more than 12 inches deep in the surface of the land.
Michael O'Brien July 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Why aren't the parents brought to task on this tragic loss? My parents raised four of us, and we spent summers down the shore as well? Either that or employ an extra Nanny, preferably someone who cam speak Englsh!
Joseph July 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Right On!
Project Graduation 2012 July 22, 2012 at 08:40 PM
It diesnt matter what race or color he was. Would you people show done decency or start another thread? What a disgrace and you should be ashamed !

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