A 9-year-old boy was flown to Children’s Hospital in Boston tonight after he crashed into a tree on the slopes at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford and was found unconscious by EMT’s.
Nashoba President and General Manager Al Fletcher tells me the boy’s father reached the bottom of the slope about 6 p.m., and realized his son hadn’t made it down. The father went back up the hill and found his son just as another skier reported the accident.
There are EMT’s that work for the ski area, and they, along with Westford EMT’s, were able to start treating the boy within about five minutes.
The boy, who is believed to be from Lexington, was wearing a helmet. He was initially unconscious, but then came too a bit and was in and out of consciousness as he was put on a backboard, taken off the hill and to an awaiting ambulance.
Emergency crews called for a MedFlight helicopter that landed near Robbins Road and flew the boy to Children’s Hospital in Boston. According to police radio broadcasts, the boy was off the hill and at the landing zone within a minute of the helicopter landing.
His condition was not immediately available tonight. Fletcher said he can’t identify the boy.
“We hope he’s okay and we hope him a speedy recovery,” Fletcher said.
Nashoba encourages all kids to wear helmets while skiing. I found this section on their website explaining why.
I know emergency crews like to take a lot of precautions with head injuries. Lets hope that’s all this was and that this little guy ends up being fine.