2-year-old taken to hospital; incident ruled accident

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By Tom Wilmoth


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At 1:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the guard house at Georgia Pacific on Lee Jackson Highway in Big Island.

The caller advised that a couple showed up there with an unresponsive 2 year old child. Bedford County Fire and Rescue and Big Island Rescue units were dispatched along with Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies.

After rescue units arrived on the scene they learned that the child had been in a home pool. The child was transported to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital.

The incident has been ruled as an accident. "After speaking with family members of the two year old child, investigators believe that this incident was an accident. Therefore, the investigation of this incident is closed," Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office stated in a news release.