A five-year-old girl in Sumner County lost part of her leg in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle.
It happened around 11 a.m. Saturday morning at a home on Hartsville Pike.
Witnesses told News 2 the little girl, Isabella Gates, was riding a 70cc four wheeler when she struck a small section of a barbed wire fence, severing her leg from the knee down.
Mary Simpson lives next door to where the accident happened.
"It sounded like a big boom, like a car had backfired, but instead it was her hitting the post on the four wheeler," Simpson explained.
"The four wheeler was on the right side of the post and the little girl was lying on the left hand side, but the little girl’s leg was lying up between her legs and it was completely severed."
Simpson said she kneeled beside Gates, who held back tears, until she was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
"She's the sweetest thing she can be. So I just ask everybody to say a little silent prayer for her right now, because that's what she needs right now."
Neighbors said Gates rides her ATV in the open field outside her grandparents’ home often.
It is unclear what led to Saturday morning's accident.
Gates underwent surgery Monday. A fund has been set up to help the family with Gates’ medical expenses.
Donations can be made at any Wilson Bank and Trust under the name Isabella Gates.
441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210