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Duluth Police officer Todd Simmons rescued a toddler from this van Thursday. Courtesy DPD Chief Mike Tusken

DULUTH — A Duluth police officer on his way to work Thursday, July 11, rescued a toddler from a runaway van, according to Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken.

In a Facebook post Saturday, Tusken said police closed Mesaba Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Thursday while investigating a collision.

A mother was in the process of getting two toddlers from a nearby van when it began to roll away with one of the toddlers still inside, Tusken wrote.

The van struck a vehicle before becoming lodged in trees on the steep hillside below the street.

"Officer Todd Simmons, on his way into work, comes upon the crash, calls for medical help and enters the van and safely removes the toddler," Tusken wrote. "A scary and potentially tragic incident fortunately ends with property damage and minor injury."

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