Sledding Accident at Memorial Park Sends Young Girl to Hospital
"She was lying on her sled, it was kind of an inflatable inner tube type sled, and she was conscious and talking, but she said she had hit her head."Photo: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Dec. 30, 2012
Sledders here, hit the snow and their own risk.
"We didn't see the accident we saw all the people down there with her."
At Memorial Park's historic sledding hill an accident put a halt on the afternoon fun.
"She was lying on her sled, it was kind of an inflatable inner tube type sled, and she was conscious and talking, but she said she had hit her head."
Witnesses say a young girl flew right off this hill into a frozen creek.
"It's a big drop off right there, probably 4 or 5 feet."
This isn't the first sledding accident to send an ambulance to Memorial Park.
In 2000 a five year old girl was paralyzed when her sled slammed into a tree. The city then put up these signs, "sled at your own risk", and put up hay bales in front of trees to protect sledders.
Parents say accidents are eye openers for their children.
"Prime example, make kids listen real well is when you can say see, someone got hurt because they didn't bail, you educate."
Christensen says even sledding is a risk. Some wonder if there isn't more that could be done.
"I do kinda wonder if it wouldn't be too difficult to put a row of hay bales right there to prevent people going off that drop off."