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Sledder injured

Westlake accident hurts 16 year old
by: COURTESY OF LAKE OSWEGO FIRE DEPARTMENT, An Life Flight helicopter carrying a 16-year-old boy injured in a Westlake-area sledding accident in Lake Oswego Tuesday gets ready for the flight to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital from a soccer field off Carman Drive.

A sledding accident Tuesday afternoon in the Westlake area resulted in serious injuries to a teenage boy.

The youth, 16, was sledding down a steep driveway near Westlake Park about 3:30 p.m. when his head struck the ground, said officials with the Lake Oswego Fire Department.

A Life Flight helicopter transported the teen to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. There was no word released on his condition, although the injuries were feared to be serious.

Officials said the helicopter landed on a soccer field near Carman Drive near the site of Lake Bible Church and that field was used as the staging area to transport the youth. Because of the nature of the injury and weather and traffic conditions at the time, the decision was made to use the helicopter, said Gert Zoutendijk, deputy fire marshal with the Lake Oswego Fire Department.

He did not release the boy's name.

Lake Oswego Police responded to the accident but Capt. Don Forman referred all questions to the Lake Oswego Fire Department.

Federal HIPPA regulations prevent newspapers from obtaining information about patients in hospitals without knowing the name of the patient.