A toddler was seriously injured in a lawn tractor accident at a residence on High Rock Road in Boomer late Tuesday night.
Boomer Fire Chief Allen Nichols said he was told that an adult was letting the 15-month-old girl briefly ride with him on the lawn tractor as he drove it in to put it away.
Nichols said emergency personnel were told at the scene that a scraper blade attached to the rear of the lawn tractor hit something, causing it to flip over.
Nichols said the toddler received deep lacerations to her head and neck and possibly a skull fracture. Boomer Fire Department first responders and Wilkes Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the scene about 10:45 p.m.
Wilkes EMS Director Tim Pennington said Wilkes EMS transported the toddler to the Boomer Community Center ball field, where an AirCare helicopter landed and flew her to Winston-Salem for admission to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Brenner Children’s Hospital.
Thursday night, Major Logan Kerr of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the scene of a traumatic injury off High Rock Road at 10:56 p.m. Tuesday.
“Deputies met with first responders and medical personnel on scene and were advised a young child had been traumatically injured after a riding lawn mower/lawn tractor, driven by the child’s parent, had tipped over,” said Kerr.
Kerr said the toddler was transported away from the scene to receive medical treatment before deputies arrived and started investigating.
“This incident is still under investigation at this time,” said Kerr.