West Knox County teen injured in sledding accident

West Knox County teen injured in sledding accident

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It was a day to get out of the routine of going to school. There was lots of ice and we were going really fast and having a good time. This was unexpected," Taylor Jr. explained. It was a day to get out of the routine of going to school. There was lots of ice and we were going really fast and having a good time. This was unexpected," Taylor Jr. explained.
"Oh my Gosh, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. My wife and I were panic stricken," said Robert Taylor, the injured teen's father. "Oh my Gosh, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. My wife and I were panic stricken," said Robert Taylor, the injured teen's father.
He was sledding down Candlewick Road onto Hickey Road in Knox County, according to authorities. That's when he hit the Ford F-150 that was driving on Hickey Road. He was sledding down Candlewick Road onto Hickey Road in Knox County, according to authorities. That's when he hit the Ford F-150 that was driving on Hickey Road.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A teenage boy is recovering in the hospital after sledding into a moving pickup truck. He was sledding down Candlewick Road onto Hickey Road in Knox County, according to authorities. That's when he hit the Ford F-150 that was driving on Hickey Road.

Deputies say the driver was going slow, but did not see the teenager soon enough to stop his truck. The teen, Robert Taylor Jr., is a sophomore at Hardin Valley High School and says it was a perfect day for sledding. School was out, the sun was out and the hills were icy, so you were able to slide fast.

"Today was a fun day to relax and have fun.  It was a day to get out of the routine of going to school. There was lots of ice and we were going really fast and having a good time. This was unexpected," Robert explained.

The slope he was sledding down was in the subdivision he lives in. Authorities say the driver of the truck was going slowly, but didn't see the teenager in time to stop the vehicle. Taylor says he hit the truck and blacked out.

"Oh my gosh, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. My wife and I were panic stricken," said Robert Taylor, the injured teen's father.

The parents rushed the boy to UT Medical Center, and say that considering what happened to him, and the speed at which he was sledding, they're thankful he's at home recovering.

"I have a fracture on the left side of my face and my thumb is fractured. I have a pretty severely pulled muscle on my back," said the teen, showing us his injuries.

It was a snow day that didn't go quite as planned. Taylor says he won't be thinking about sledding any time soon.

"Oh yes, I'll definitely be thinking twice about that. No more sledding onto the road for me," he said.

It'll take about five days for the swelling on Taylor's face to go down. He'll only be able to open his left eye after that. He also has follow up treatment for his back and fractured thumb. So it'll be a while before he's back in school.

The driver of the truck will not be facing any charges or citations.

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