Truck Put In Gear
By Kids Playing
BY KEN LITTLE
Two small children playing inside a pickup truck shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in the South Greene community put the truck into gear, causing it to roll down a steep hill into a farm pond.
The truck became partially submerged in the pond at 413 Walkers Ford Road, between Asheville Highway and Meadow Creek Road, sheriff's Lt. Wesley Holt said.
A 3-year-old boy, Kaiden Payne, was flown by helicopter to Niswonger Children's Hospital in Johnson City. His condition was not immediately available.
The boy's grandmother, 68-year-old Judith Payne, went into the pond in an attempt to free Kaiden and his 6-year-old sister, Kaille.
Judith Payne was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center.
Kaille Payne did not require hospital treatment, deputies said. Judith Payne's condition was not available.
Members of the Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad and South Greene Volunteer Fire Department performed first aid on the children at the scene.
"We had two children playing in a vehicle and (they) knocked it into gear. It rolled off a pretty steep embankment," Holt said. "The vehicle went straight down into the pond."
The truck crashed through a fence on its way down the hill, alerting family members, who rushed to the pond.
The truck rolled more than 1,200 feet before it went into the water, Holt said.
Family members freed the brother and sister, Holt said.
It was not immediately known how long the children were in the truck before they were rescued.
"It was just a freak accident," Holt said.
The 1976 Ford F-150 pickup truck was pulled out of the water several hours after the incident.
The sheriff's department continues an investigation of the incident.