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City truck runs over sunbather at Madison park

Incident happened at James Madison Park

MADISON, Wis. - A 38-year-old woman who was sunbathing was taken to a hospital shortly after noon after being run over by a city of Madison truck Wednesday.

The truck was delivering bark and was operating on a grassy area of James Madison Park, which sits between Lake Mendota and East Gorham Street.

The victim's condition wasn't immediately known, but she was awake and talking at the hospital.

A crash reconstruction team from the Wisconsin State Patrol worked at the scene to try to determine what the driver of the city Parks truck may or may not have been able to see as she came over a small hill and struck the sunbather.

"It's a very sad situation. No citations (have been) issued at this point, and I don't know if there will be. That will be up to the Wisconsin State Patrol, as they're going to handle the investigation," said Joel DeSpain, Madison Police Department spokesman.

Those who sunbathe at the park said they are shocked by the incident.

VIDEO: City truck runs over sunbather at Madison park

"A lot of times I come laying out here. I'm pretty relaxed, kind of in nap mode, so a public place where you can lay down -- it's kind of scary to think about," said Megan Padilla, who sunbathes at the park.

"I was literally standing outside on my porch, went inside for maybe 10 minutes, heard the alarms, came out, checked out what was going on and figured out someone got ran over. I was shocked," said sunbather Jordan Johnson.

Mayor Paul Soglin and Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski released a statement on the incident.

"Our hearts go out to the young woman who was injured this afternoon at James Madison Park as well as to the Parks employee driving the truck," they said in the statement.

City Parks officials said they will review all safety protocols when doing maintenance projects in a park, as is protocol after any incident. 

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