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Woman injured while sledding at Valley Mission Park

Chad Gilbert leaps onto his snow sled at the top of the sledding hill at Valley Mission Park Monday. He and his family were enjoying the fresh snow. (J. Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)
Chad Gilbert leaps onto his snow sled at the top of the sledding hill at Valley Mission Park Monday. He and his family were enjoying the fresh snow. (J. Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)

A woman was injured in a sledding accident in Spokane Valley’s Mission Park late Monday night.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department was called to help the 19-year-old woman, who told rescuers that she had severe back pain, according to a fire department press release. She and her boyfriend had been sledding when they hit a bump and fell off the sled around 10 p.m.

Crews used their technical rescue equipment to pull the injured woman up the hill. She was taken to a local hospital.

The north side of Valley Mission Park is a popular sledding destination. The city places hay bales around trees and other obstacles, but signs are posted emphasizing that people sled at their own risk. Nina Culver, SR




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.