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12-year-old boy drives parents' SUV into gift shop near Mount Rushmore, injuring girl


KEYSTONE, South Dakota — An 8-year-old girl was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after a 12-year-old boy crashed his parents' sport utility vehicle into a gift shop at a tourist attraction near Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

The boy was sitting in the running SUV when he shifted gears into drive and crashed into the Rushmore Tramway Adventures building about midday Wednesday, according to the Pennington County Sheriff's Office. The girl was standing with others on a sidewalk nearby and suffered cuts from flying window glass. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Business General Manager Cameron Fullerton, who was in his office when the crash happened, said he was glad the incident did not turn out worse.

"I heard a bunch of crashing and a bunch of screaming and a bunch of people running around the gift shop, so I ran in the front and I kind of assumed something more catastrophic had happened," he said. "When I came to the front there was a front end of an SUV through the front of our gift shop."

Authorities do not plan to file any charges in the incident.

Damage to the building is estimated at between $2,000 and $3,000.

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