Sledders warned against using Old Main Hill

A warning about sledding on Old Main Hill has been posted on the USU home page, giving notice of the dangers of the years-old tradition. Joe Dulin, USU’s risk manager, says the hill gets slick when the snow is packed down over time and makes it difficult for sledders to control themselves.”You get going so fast and you have trees in the way, and then at the end, you have all those vehicles,” he said.Packed snow, ice, trees, railings, other people, cars and the road are factors that make using the hill hazardous in the winter.Dulin said the most common injuries from sledding are falls and impact with other objects, and there have been two serious injuries so far this season to which university police have responded.According to police reports, one accident occurred Dec. 28 and another in which a woman hit a tree while sledding on Jan. 4.In the first incident, the victim hit the bumper of a parked car at the base of the hill, while the second “smashed her head,” Dulin said. Both were seriously injured, Dulin said.”That’s just the ones that I know of,” Dulin said, and that doesn’t include people who transport themselves to medical facilities, treat their own injuries or utilize city emergency services.”If I had my druthers, we wouldn’t use this for sledding. It’s just not safe,” he said.

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