A middle school student was hospitalized after being dragged by a vehicle for about a half a mile in South Portland on Monday afternoon.

The South Portland Police Department said the teen was being dropped off at home by a classmate's sister around 4 p.m. when he got his thumb caught in the car door. The young woman  operating the vehicle drove off, not knowing the boy's hand was stuck in the door, police said.

Police report the boy was dragged for close to a half mile before the driver stopped

The boy was dragged approximately a half-mile from Scamman Street to Stillman Street in South Portland. Fortunately, the teen was not run over by the car, but he did suffer some serious scrapes and bruises in the incident.

Police said he was transported to Maine Medical Center by South Portland Fire Rescue to be treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

"Parents of both the operator of the vehicle and the young man who was dragged were contacted, and they responded," The South Portland Police Department said in a news release Monday evening.

WGME reported that heavy rain at the time may have prevented the driver from hearing the boy yelling.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing, but police said it does not appear charges are warranted.

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