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Cleveland child dies after Sept. 20 accident
Fallen trailer door sent 12-year-old to Atlanta hospital
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A 12-year-old White County boy died Friday morning from injuries sustained Sept. 20 when the door of a box utility trailer fell on him.

Gregory Hammond, a student at White County Middle School, was unloading a recreational vehicle from the trailer when cables malfunctioned and the 500-pound door fell.

Hammond was flown to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Atlanta after the incident at the family's home off Westmoreland Road near Cleveland.

Hammond was a student at White County Middle School. Students there ended the school day Friday with a moment of silence as part of an assembly.

"We all shared with one another the different things that we remember about Greg," Principal Kristi Smith said. "Anything from him being in an infant room with children here at the school, as well as being in kindergarten class, playing football and baseball to him racing go-carts and dirt bikes."

She described Hammond as someone who "always seemed to make everybody laugh."

Emotions varied Friday from sadness to disbelief to anger, Smith said.

"We did have a lot of students that were asking ‘why?,'" she said. "I can tell you that everyone at White County Middle School, and our surrounding area, we're in pain from this loss."

Extra counselors were available at the school Friday and also will be available next week, Smith said.

"Of course right now they're just really upset," she said. "Lots of parents have come and gotten their children and taken them home. They feel the need ... to be close to their child."

Smith told students at the assembly that they will all heal but some may take longer than others.

Faculty mourned as well.

"It's been tough on all of us," Simmons said.

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements. A funeral service has not been set.

 

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