BOISE -- A 5-year-old boy remains in serious condition after being struck by a large commercial truck while riding his bike on Fairview Avenue Monday, according to Boise Police.

Witnesses say the boy was trying to follow a 5-year-old girl who had just crossed Fairview on her bike when he pedaled into traffic and was hit by the truck. Officers say neither child was wearing a helmet.

The accident happened at 3:28 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Fairview Avenue at North McKinney Lane, an uncontrolled intersection just east of Cole Road.

Police say the boy was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The boy's parents were on scene a short time after the accident and were at the hospital with him.

The driver of the truck, a Caldwell man, was not injured.

Those with the Boise Police Department say first and foremost this is a terrible tragedy.

The children were riding their bikes in front of their home in a nearby neighborhood when they took off.

When the parent supervising realized what happened and started looking for them, the accident had already happened.

And as soon as the first officer got there, which was just moments after the call, he happened to be in the area, said Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower. One of the parents was on scene right away and she was looking for the children who had rode away from the front of their homes. It's a difficult situation for any parent to be in.

Obviously the family is very distraught and waiting for their little boy to pull through this.

We are told the driver of the semi truck is also very upset, and all parties are cooperating with law enforcement.

There is no word on charges at this point.

Boise Police say this is just a very difficult situation for everyone involved.

The investigation is ongoing.

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