This past Saturday, at around 10 in the morning, the Niagra County Sheriff’s Office had a call come in about a sledding accident that happened in the Clyde L. Burmaster Park.
The Clyde L. Burmaster Park is a family-friendly winter wonderland that’s well known for its ice skating rinks, sledding/tubing hill, and endless trail system for cross country skiing.
A 16-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy were sitting in a tube and going down the sledding hill when they hit a tree.
The Niagra County Sheriff’s Office explained in a press release that “the two were apparently riding a sledding tube when they struck a tree at the bottom of the hill.”
Members from the Niagra County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Lewiston Police Department, Tri Community Ambulance, and Pekin Fire Company all responded to help the two injured children.
Although the 16-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy were both rushed to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, about 30 minutes away, only one of them made it.
The 16-year-old girl was sadly pronounced dead not long after arriving. She succumbed to the injuries she suffered in the accident. The 3-year-old boy was successfully treated at the hospital before being released.
Right now, the Clyde L. Burmaster Park is closed and there is an investigation underway.
Facebook; pictured above is the press release from the Niagra County Sheriff’s Office regarding the sledding accident