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3-year-old girl biking south of Bemidji is hit by pickup truck

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region Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

A 3-year-old Bemidji girl reportedly suffered at least a broken leg after she was hit by a truck while riding her bicycle Sunday evening.

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According to a State Accident Report from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office:

Courtney Silk was taken by Bemidji Ambulance to North Country Regional Hospital and then transferred to an unspecified hospital.

She was riding her bike at 7:20 p.m. on the 1500 block of Oak Hills Road Southeast when she was struck by a 2004 GMC Sierra near the intersection with Kaymar Court Southeast.

The pickup driver, Jeffrey Scott Johnson, 21, of Grand Rapids, said he was blinded by the setting sun at the time of the accident and did not see the girl on her bike in the roadway.

Johnson said he was driving 15-20 mph at the time of the accident.

Johnson was not injured. His vehicle sustained minor damage.

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