14-year-old injured in Belding area sledding, snowmobile accident


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:28 am on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

An AeroMed helicopter carrying an injured 14-year-old boy takes off from Candlestone Resort in Belding Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

OTISCO TOWNSHIP — A Belding-area teenager was injured Monday afternoon when he was riding a sled pulled behind a snowmobile and then fell off the sled.

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 2 p.m. to 9825 Ellis Road, west of Storey Road (M-91) to a call of a personal injury accident.

The initial report from Ionia County Central Dispatch stated that the teen, later identified as 14-year-old Nolan Barker, was unconscious, not moving and “quite a ways behind the house.”

Friends and family watch as a 14-year-old boy is lifted into an ambulance after suffering an injury in a sledding/snowmobile accident. — Daily News/Cory Smith

According to Sgt. William Hoskins of the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, the teen was riding a sled pulled behind a snowmobile when he fell off of the sled.

“He had on a helmet, but lost the helmet,” Hoskins said on scene. “We’re not sure if it was strapped on. It looks like his head probably impacted the ground.”

Emergency personnel used snowmobiles driven by civilians to reach him behind the residence and eventually placed him on a stretcher.

Hoskins said Nolan Barker was transported from the scene by Life EMS Ambulance to Candlestone Resort, where an AeroMed helicopter that had landed in front of the business then transported him to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

“His condition right now is unknown,” Hoskins said.

Emergency personnel transport an injured 14-year-old boy to an AeroMed helicopter Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

According to a Facebook update Monday evening from Nolan Barker’s mother, Carmin Barker, her son has returned home from the hospital and is recovering after suffering a cut, chipped tooth and concussion.

The Belding Fire Department, Belding Police Department, Life EMS and the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office assisted on scene.

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