A 16-year-old girl was killed and a toddler was injured in a sledding accident in upstate New York Saturday.
The pair were riding down a hill in a sledding tube at the Clyde L. Burmaster Park, formerly Bond Lake Park, in Lewiston when they struck a tree at the bottom of the hill just after 10 a.m., according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
The 16 year-old was pronounced dead at a Buffalo children’s hospital and the 3 year-old boy was treated and released, officials said.
Local police and sheriffs closed the sledding hill as they investigate the accident.
Sledding injuries have declined in recent decades, but more 220,488 patients went to US emergency rooms for sledding injuries between 2008 through 2017, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Children were seven times more likely to be treated for sledding injuries than adults, according to the organization.