Local authorities say a 16-year-old Knox County girl was rushed to the Knox County Hospital shortly before dark Monday after she was involved in a freak ATV accident on Artemus Road.
Sources say the accident occurred during a sleigh ride trip.
Knox Hospital staff tried to secure a helicopter to take her to Lexington; however, helicopters were unable to fly due to the inclement weather conditions.
Family and friends then drove the girl to the UK Medical Center, where they say emergency surgery was performed around midnight to repair severe damage to one of her ears.
The teen was released to her family’s care and returned home Tuesday morning.