Jefferson County woman dies after sledding accident

Jefferson County woman dies after sledding accident

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A wife and mother of two died in a sledding accident in Jefferson County Thursday morning. A wife and mother of two died in a sledding accident in Jefferson County Thursday morning.
"I look up there and my prayers are right there I pray to God that they're being taken care and everything is being handled because they're always taking care of us," said neighbor Sandy Swingle. "I look up there and my prayers are right there I pray to God that they're being taken care and everything is being handled because they're always taking care of us," said neighbor Sandy Swingle.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - A wife and mother of two died in a sledding accident in Jefferson County Thursday morning.

Officials say the accident happened around 12:30 a.m. at the Hall family's home in Dandridge on Indigo Trail. Family members say Donna Hall died at 6 a.m.

While the snow Wednesday and Thursday was beautiful and provided perfect conditions for sledding, the outdoor activity doesn't come without risk.

The Chestnut Hill Community in Dandridge got about six inches of snow Wednesday night. Resident Sandy Swingle says many people were sledding.

"You pretty much go down your own mountains because every place up here has their own slopes outside their own houses," said Swingle.

Swingle was planning on going sledding as well Thursday morning, until a neighbor told her about Donna Hall's tragic sledding accident.

"Ran into a tree and unfortunately devastation hit. It just made me very nervous. I didn't want to take any chances and it just shuts you down," said Swingle.

Sheriff Bud McCoig says Hall was riding on an inner tube when she hit a tree.

EMA Director Brad Phillips says due to the heavy snow at the time, a four-wheel drive vehicle was used to get her and take her to an ambulance.

Emergency officials says it took 90 minutes from the time they got the call to transport her to the hospital due to the weather conditions. Phillips says the accident was handled appropriately and as rapidly as possible given the conditions.

Swingle says in the snow, it's almost impossible to drive around the neighborhood.

"It's so difficult and this road, once it ices, you just cannot get up here and the snow plow just came up this morning which is why you can get up and down but I can't get out of my driveway just yet is it's tough," said Swingle.

Swingle says the Halls have always been friendly and helpful. She says they are great neighbors who are being thought of in their time of loss.

"I look up there and my prayers are right there I pray to God that they're being taken care and everything is being handled because they're always taking care of us," said Swingle.

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