By Shavonne Potts
|Damage is evident on the fourwheeler that a 5-year-old and 3-year-old took riding Saturday on Westfield Drive near Cleveland. Photo by Jon C. Lakey, Salisbury Post.
CLEVELAND Two children were injured and flown to a Charlotte hospital after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding overturned Saturday.
Witnesses said Angel Wood, 5, and her brother, Glorious Wood, 3, started the ATV that was parked in the family's front yard off Westfield Drive.
"The children got on the ATV, cranked it and started off on their own," said Cleveland Fire Capt. Bryan Little.
Little said the children were airlifted, one as a precaution, the other as a necessity.
Neighbor Greg Combs, 18, was at home when the accident happened and heard the 4-wheeler revving as if someone was giving it gas, he said.
When he looked out his window, he saw a cloud of dust covering the two children.
"I saw the little girl, Angel, not moving and the little boy standing over her," Combs said.
The young girl soon began to cry, he said.
The children's step-grandfather, Ronald Corbin, said later Saturday that Glorious received some bruises but otherwise was fine. The child, in fact, was sitting on his lap.
Angel fractured her jawbone and was undergoing surgery.
Apparently, the keys were left in the ATV and the children decided to take it for a ride. Their mother, Melissa Wood, was home at the time but didn't know the children had gotten on the ATV.
In addition to Cleveland Fire Department and Rowan County EMS, Carolinas Medical Center's medical helicopter responded to the accident.
Contact Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.