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Injured Boy Awaits Rescue For Three Days

Wed., Oct. 8, 1997

A 13-year-old boy who broke his leg in a car accident that killed two friends lay by the side of a creek for nearly three days before being rescued Tuesday.

Sam Hartline was taken to a hospital for surgery. He was listed in good condition.

“He’s real tough or he was doing something right, one or the other,” said sheriff’s deputy Greg Schuette.

Sam was returning from a hunting trip Saturday evening with Richard Alan Bolender, 38, and his son, Michael Bolender, 13, when their pickup truck went off road, struck a ditch and fence post and flew across a creek before striking the embankment.

The truck flipped onto its top. The three had not been wearing seat belts and were ejected through the front window at about 7:40 p.m.

The wreckage could not be seen from the roadway. Despite an extensive search for the missing trio, the pickup was not discovered until Tuesday at 9:45 a.m., when a motorist with a cellular phone called police.

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