Clinton County girl airlifted after being pinned by trailer

A Clinton County girl was airlifted after she was pinned between a trailer and a fence, according to the sheriff's office.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 6:16 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) —"I just hoped everything would be fine,” said Grandfather Dan Sneel.

On Wednesday, July 10th an 11-year-old girl was injured in an accident with a pick-up truck attached to a trailer.

"Originally it just sounded like her head was stuck in a fence,” said Clinton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Todd Lappin.

Lappin said a family member was driving a pick-up truck with a trailer on the back and didn't see her. Deputies say that's when the girl was pinned between the trailer and a fence, struggling to breathe.

"Our deputies immediately started to hold C-spine on her to keep it in tack,” said Lappin. “Because she was experiencing some neurological deficits."

Grandfather Dan Sneel said she is upbeat and driven. 

"She's got enough energy than ten kids,” said Sneel.

 Sneel said this was a tragic accident.

"I had all kinds of visions what it was because they said it kind of pinched her head and neck,” said Sneel.

He said she had a love for animals and was preparing to show sheep at her first 4-H fair.

"All the kids got sheep,” said Sneel. “In fact last week she got to show in the Junior Nationals."

He hopes that she'll still have the chance to continue her passion.

"You just want to say get up let's go,” said Sneel. “But I hope she can do all of that again and do it better."

Chief Deputy Lappin said while accidents like this aren't uncommon there's still a takeaway.

"Definitely, definitely be aware of your surroundings. Be aware when you are backing up,” said Lappin.

He said the girl is expected to be in the hospital for the next five to seven days.

Her grandfather tells us, she's going to need a lot of prayers.

If you'd like to help with medical fees a fundraiser has been started click here.

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A Clinton County girl was airlifted after she was pinned between a trailer and a fence, according to the sheriff's office.

Emergency crews were called to the 9200 block of State Road 29 about 2:15 Wednesday afternoon. The Clinton County Sheriff's office said the person driving the trailer didn't see the girl while backing up.

Deputies said the girl was pinned between the trailer and a fence, struggling to breathe. When crews arrived, deputies found the girl on the ground, unable to move and struggling to breathe. 

Police shut down State Road 29 near the scene for a while, so they could safely land a medical helicopter. She was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in an unknown condition.

News 18 will continue to follow up on this story and provide any updates as they become available from police.

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