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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 3, March 2012, Posted On: 2/27/2012

Toddlers In America, Australia Get Trapped Inside Crane Games

Marcus Webb
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Two toddlers on opposite sides of the globe climbed inside crane machines in February, becoming trapped and requiring rescue by adults.

In the Lexington, KY, a two-year old girl climbed inside a crane machine in a Laundromat. Firefighters used a saw to cut the machine's lock, enabling them to open the service door and rescue the child. | SEE VIDEO

In Ballarat, Australia, a three-year-old boy was rescued by his mother after he spent 10 minutes inside a crane. Adults said they were concerned that the boy had little oxygen inside the machine and could have touched the machine's electrical wiring. | SEE PHOTOS

News stories about small children who become trapped after climbing inside large crane merchandisers have become an almost routine occurrence. | SEE STORY

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