Snowy slopes give way to sledding injuries

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a rite of passage for every kid each winter in the Inland Northwest, but sledding isn't without the risk. In the last few days, several kids have been hurt in sledding accidents at Manito Park.

In fact, in the last week the Pediatrics Emergency Room at Sacred Heart Medical Center said they've seen two to three kids come in each day because of sledding-related accidents.

On Tuesday, two kids got hurt in a sledding crash at Manito and were taken to the hospital.

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"Mostly head injuries, you can see broken arms, broken legs," Dr. Jason Mounts with Sacred Heart Medical Center said.

Dr. Mounts says most of the sledding accidents happen when kids hit a tree, fence or rock. Sledding accidents are fairly common. Every year more than 20,000 kids make a visit to the hospital because of them.

"Some of the parks are going to be dangerous because of sprinkler heads and unfamiliar terrain like rocks so those can be potentially dangerous," Dr. Mounts said.

His best advice for everyone is to be aware and go sledding in an open and safe space that gives you room to move.

"I think if we get a little bumps and bruises we will still be coming back, barring a major injury we will keep coming back as often as we can," Nick Freese, who takes his son sledding, said.

The city says there is not much they can do to keep these accidents from happening. When you're going sledding at a city park, they say you are doing it at your own risk and that's why they urge parents to watch their kids, be cautious and always use good judgment.