Child Flown to Hospital After Sledding Accident

Head injury sends child to hospital

By Lauren Steussy
|  Friday, Feb 17, 2012  |  Updated 4:26 PM PDT
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A child sledding along Sunrise Highway was injured in an accident Friday morning.

The child sustained a head injury after hitting a tree and was transported from a hill near Sunrise Highway at about 10:30 a.m., according to Cal Fire.

Medics say he showed the classic signs of a concussion, including lethargy and nausea. They were also concerned that the boy might have internal bleeding from hitting the tree.

Transporting the boy via ambulance would have taken about 45 minutes. Cal Fire said they didn't want to take any risks, so they transported him in a helicopter.

"We don't know if he had internal bleeding. You know, he hit a tree, and if he wrapped himself around that tree,he could have punctured something or lacerated something, we can't see that," said Jeremy Sanders of Cal Fire. "So it's a precaution we like to take being this far away from hospitals."

The hill on the east side of the Sunrise Highway is a popular sledding location in the area.

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