Fallston woman, 61, hurt in sled crash

February 19, 2007|By Richard Irwin

A 61-year-old Fallston woman was hospitalized with head injuries yesterday afternoon after she crashed into a stand of trees while sledding down a nearly 300-foot hill in the Upper Crossroads development near Fallston, a spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer and EMS Association reported.

The woman, whose name was not released, was sledding with friends near the 2900 block of Mercer Drive about 4 p.m. when she slid down the hill and struck several trees at its base, said spokesman David Williams.

While medics were assisting the woman and firefighters were preparing to pull her up to a waiting ambulance, the crew of a state police helicopter from Martin State Airport in Middle River arrived and landed about 30 feet from the patient - saving time in transporting her to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Williams said. The injuries did not appear life-threatening, he said.

Williams said the icy surface of area hills has made sledding very dangerous and urged sledders to use caution and avoid hazardous objects. "It's not like sledding down a hill covered with soft snow," he said.

Friday afternoon, Gary Jastrab, 57, was riding a snow saucer down a steep hill behind his home on Eagle View Drive near Bel Air when he crashed head-first into a tree on his property. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Thursday, a 10-year-old Perry Hall boy suffered an apparent head injury in a sledding accident behind Perry Hall Senior High School and was treated at Shock Trauma. The day before, a 12-year-old Anne Arundel boy sledding down a hill in Gambrills slid onto a road and was run over by a pickup truck. He was recovering in the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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