A three-year-old boy fell out of a second-storey window of an Abbotsford apartment building this evening, but will be OK.
The incident took place at about 5:30 p.m. at the DeLair Court complex at 31560 DeLair Road.
Abbotsford Police Staff Sgt. James Bawtinheimer said the boy and his family were moving into the suite, and the child was left unattended for a moment.
The window was open and the boy pushed against the screen, which gave way, sending him 20 feet onto some gravel below.
The boy was conscious when emergency crews arrived on the scene. He was taken to Abbotsford Regional Hospital and airlifted from there to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver as a precautionary measure.
“He seems to be in a good shape. He’s complaining a bit about a sore neck … but it’s a good news story on this one,” Bawtinheimer said at the scene.
This is the third such incident in the area in the last 17 months.
In October 2010, a one-year-old girl fell three storeys from an apartment building on First Avenue in Mission and was taken to hospital in critical condition, but survived.
In May of last year, an eight-year-old boy fell from a fourth-storey window of an apartment building on Bourquin Crescent in Abbotsford.
The boy suffered only bruises and some minor damage to his spleen because he missed the concrete pad below. Instead, he landed on a piece of wood that was propped up against the wall at a 45-degree angle.