Sheriff, officer pull young boys from car in creek

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio believe a mechanical failure caused a car to roll backward through heavy traffic and into a creek before an officer and the local sheriff were able to pull two young boys from the back seat.

Stark County Sheriff George Maier said he happened to be nearby when he heard a truck honking and saw the car rolling across a busy road in Canton. It went down an embankment and became partially submerged in a creek.

Maier and a Canton officer, Jeff Hothem, ran to the creek and were able to get the boys, ages 1 and 3, out of the back.

Their mother was not in the car. Maier said there was no key in the ignition but the car somehow slipped into gear and started rolling. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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