On Tuesday at 2:43 p.m., the Brentwood Police and Fire & Rescue departments responded to a sledding accident on Seward Road that proved fatal.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a 9-year-old male was riding on a tube, along with three other children, while being pulled down Seward Road by an ATV driven by the 9-year-old’s father. The tube, while sliding through the snow and ice, collided with a mailbox.
The boy, a Scales Elementary student named Campbell, suffered critical injuries in the collision and was transported to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center by Williamson County EMS but died of his injuries at the hospital. The three other children were not injured.
“Campbell was loved by our students and staff,” said Scales Elementary Principal Melonye Lowe. “He had a sweet smile and a kind and respectful spirit. He loved sports and he played as hard as he worked. He was such a positive light in his classroom every day. Campbell will forever be loved and missed by our Scales family.”
Members in the community have come together to support Campbell's family with a meal train and GoFundMe page, which can be accessed for donations at GoFundMe.com/f/bdyrw-please-help-the-martin-family.
The accident remains under investigation by the Brentwood Police Department, which also issued sledding safety tips, including:
• Children should have an adult with them when they go sledding
• Avoid sledding in areas where there are any obstacles such as fences, trees, poles, etc.
• Always go downhill feet first
• Have only the recommended number of passengers on a sled
• Never have a sled pulled by a vehicle
• Do not sled around lakes, streams or ponds
• Wear heavy clothing to protect you from the elements and injuries
The incident was one of many sledding accidents reported around Middle Tennessee Monday and Tuesday. In Franklin, a woman was rescued from the Harpeth River after jumping in to save her son, who sledded into the river.