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Trucker saves boy; dad charged

Emil Whitis • Apr 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

A vigilant truck driver rescued a wandering 6-year-old boy from the railroad tracks Tuesday in the 1300 block of Olds St.

Police later charged the boy's father, Carl Nagel Jr., 47, with child endangering. 

The truck driver spotted the boy at about 3 p.m.  "He had been driving down the street and the child was near the rail crossing and appeared all alone," a Sandusky police report said. "He stopped and the child came to him, at which point he put (the child) in the cab of his vehicle and gave (the child) a bottle of water." 

Sandusky police showed up and took the boy to the police station. Police soon got a call from Nagel, who'd been frantically searching for his boy, the report said.  

Nagel said he accidentally left the back door unlocked. 

"Due to the distance from his residence that (the boy) was able to go, the time element involved, as well as the proximity to the railroad and water hazards that could have been fatal for the child as well as vehicular traffic ... it was determined that a charge of child endangering would be filed against Carl Nagel," the report said.

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