St. Cloud boy airlifted to hospital after sledding accident

The boy fell off the sled and hit his head on ice.
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A boy was injured while sledding in the St. Cloud area on last weekend. 

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office issued a news release saying a 12-year-old boy from St. Cloud was sledding at Camp Lebanon, located about 30 miles northwest of St. Cloud on the north side of Cedar Lake, near the town of Upsala. 

A 911 call at 1:22 p.m. Saturday reported the child was hurt when he fell off the sled at the bottom of the hill and struck his head on ice.

The release says the boy was in and out of consciousness and was transported by Life Link helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital with unknown injuries. 

The child's current condition is unknown. 

According to its website, Camp Lebanon is "Meeting Place with God” for families and youth and has more than 10,000 guests annually. 

Around 25,000 children ages 15 or younger are seen in emergency rooms nationwide after being injured in sledding accidents, according to the Mayo Clinic. The majority of sledding accidents involve children crashing into trees or colliding with each other. 

"Young children have proportionately larger heads and higher centers of gravity than older children and teens, which is why they're so prone to injury," says Mayo Clinic Dr. Denise Klinkner says. 

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