Toddler rides 8 miles down river in toy car

A 3-year-old had a miraculous escape when he “drove” his toy truck into a fast-flowing river

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A toddler rode his battery-powered toy truck into a river and was then swept eight miles downstream. Demetrius Jones, who has just turned 3, survived by clinging on to his truck and had to be rescued from the 10-foot deep swirling river.

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Unperturbed, he then told his rescuers he wanted to go back in to get his “boat”. He explained to his parents how he had made his truck into a boat and was able to drive it down the river.

Demetrius had crept out of the campsite in British Columbia where his family were staying wearing only a nappy and t-shirt. Campers said they heard him driving his toy truck away.

When he was found, he was kneeling in the upside-down truck, with his legs and hands underwater.

Demetrius was taken to hospital and treated for mild hypothermia and released soon after.

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“His trucks mean the world to him,” said his grandma Anita Neudorf, “and I think that’s what saved him. He wasn’t letting go of the truck for love or for money.” The truck was later pulled out of the river and amazingly still works.

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