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A WINGS Air Rescue helicopter lands in the Mountaineer Ruritan Club field in Sugar Grove to
transport a sledding accident victim to Johnson City. Anna Oakes | Watauga Democrat



Originally published: 2014-01-03 16:21:47
Last modified: 2014-01-06 10:58:03

UPDATE: Teen airlifted after sledding accident

by Anna Oakes

UPDATE: The boy injured in a sledding accident and flown to Johnson City Medical Center on Friday was discharged from the hospital on Sunday, according to Watauga Medics. The boy suffered a liver laceration that did not require surgery.
Below is the original article on the incident.


A 13-year-old boy was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center with serious to critical injuries following a sledding accident on Friday.

The accident occurred just before 2 p.m. at a vacation rental cabin at 645 Lams Way in Vilas, where the boy was sledding and struck a concrete structure, said Craig Sullivan of Watauga Medics. Sullivan said the boy sustained injuries to the chest and abdomen area but said the extent of the injuries were not yet known.

WINGS Air Rescue met emergency crews in a field at the Mountaineer Ruritan Club in Sugar Grove, and the boy's mother flew with him to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee. The boy was conscious at the time of departure, Sullivan said. Watauga Medics and Cove Creek Fire Department responded to the scene.