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Girl, 5, recovering from ATV crash

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A 5-year-old girl is recovering after an ATV crash in Sumner County that took part of her leg.

The girl was visiting her grandparents Saturday in Castalian Springs.

She decided to ride her 70cc four-wheeler like she had done before.

Somehow she lost control, crashing into a fence wrapped in barbed wire, severing her leg from the knee down.

Mary Simpson, a neighbor, heard the crash from her porch.

"We just sat there and held her and talked to her. She wasn't crying," Simpson said. "She did look up at me one time and ask me if she was going to die. I told her, ‘No, honey. These doctors are going to take you and tend to you and you'll be just fine.'"

Doctors said the girl is expected to recover.

After having surgery on Sunday, she's expected to undergo at least two more surgeries.

Simpson said she hopes this tragedy will serve as a lesson to others.

"She'll bounce back and we're all happy of that, thank the Lord for that. If he hadn't had his arms wrapped around her yesterday, there's no telling what would have happened," Simpson said. "We want parents and grandparents to think twice before you put them on those four wheelers."

A Vanderbilt study conducted last year resulted in three main safety tips for children riding ATVs.

Make sure your child wears a helmet and goggles

Put them on an ATV small enough for them to handle

Make sure they aren't riding on the back of the ATV

People who sell ATVs recommend using a track or trail that's specifically designed for kids instead of allowing them to ride on rough, open land.

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