MIAMI
12/19/2012 03:40 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Beach Safety Trucks Runs Over Hollywood Sunbather (VIDEO)

A Hollywood man taking in some sun was taken to the hospital after a beach safety truck ran over him Tuesday, officials said.

The 55-year-old sunbather, who was not identified, was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with scrapes, bruises and some burns that he apparently got from the truck's exhaust system, Hollywood police said.

According to preliminary reports, the man was lying near a tall dune on the beach at 6051 N. Ocean Drive, just south of the Dania Beach city limits.

At about 2:30 p.m, a supervisor with the Hollywood Beach Safety Division drove his city-issued truck onto the beach to check on swimmers and conditions. After looking around, the supervisor drove off but didn't see the man lying below.

The driver did not notice he had run over the man until other beachgoers waved him down. It does not appear the wheels ran over the man, said police spokesman Sgt. Gene Cochenour.

The supervisor and other lifeguards rushed to the man's aid.

The man was conscious and alert when taken to the hospital and police described his injuries as not life- threatening. Police suspect the soft sand helped serve as a cushion and prevented the man from being more seriously hurt.

The supervisor was not identified. An investigation continues.

ijrodriguez@tribune.com; 954-356-4605 or @GeoRodriguez on Twitter. ___

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