A girl injured while sledding Sunday afternoon was hospitalized in serious condition after hitting a pole outside Lewis and Clark Middle School in Omaha.
The girl’s sled flipped around and her back smacked into a fence pole near 69th and Burt streets around 1:20 p.m. Witnesses told Channel 6 News she is 13 years old.
“As she was going down she turned and started going down backwards and her sled started going towards the fence and she hit her back on the pole on the fence," said witness Elizabeth Banks. “She was laying down with her arms out and her face like forward.”
“She said she couldn't move and I shouted not to move, that I was calling for help,” said witness Donna Cooper. An ambulance put her in a neck brace and took her to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
It wasn't the first serious sledding accident in the metro. In 2000, the parents of a girl injured in an accident at Memorial Park filed a lawsuit against the city, leading to the placement of signs warning you sled at your own risk.
Experts say children should always wear a bicycle helmet when sledding. Also, find a safe spot. Check for holes, roots, tree stumps and fences in the way. Only allow one child down the hill at a time to prevent them from running into each other. Be careful with inflatable snow tubes because they can't be steered.