Child injured when bike hits mail carrier vehicle

From Staff Reports

  A 10-year-old Stoney Creek boy suffered a broken leg Wednesday afternoon after the bike he was riding struck a vehicle driven by a rural mail carrier.
  The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. near the intersection of Pierce Branch Road and Gilbert Wilson Road off State Route 91.
  According to witnesses, the victim was riding his bike down a steep hill on Gilbert Wilson Road when he turned around to say something to his brother.
  The mail carrier's vehicle was at the bottom of the hill and had almost come to a complete stop when the victim's bicycle struck the front end and went beneath the vehicle, witnesses said.
  Members of the Carter County EMS treated the victim at the scene and transported him to a landing site where Wings Air Rescue airlifted him to the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital.
  A paramedic at the scene said the the boy suffered a broken femur bone in his right leg and several abrasions, but his injuries did not appear life-threatening.
  Paramedics did not release the victim's name.
  John Pierce of the U.S. Postal Service in Elizabethton confirmed the vehicle the victim struck was being driven by a rural mail carrier.
  "He's pretty shaken up," Pierce said.