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4/21/2014 8:17:00 AM
LifeFlight helicopter lands on Route 89 after crash

NT Staff

A LifeFlight helicopter landed near the scene of a crash in Putnam County involving at least two vehicles to transport one patient to a trauma unit.

Standard firefighters worked to extricate at least one patient from the wreckage, and PCEMS emergency medical technicians also rushed to the scene of the accident at 12:45 p.m. Sunday at Route 89 and 700 North Road about two miles north of McNabb in Granville Township, according to a preliminary report from Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

When Standard firefighters arrived, they found two cars parked along Route 89 and a sport-utility vehicle on its top in a field, about 50 yards southwest of the intersection, said Standard fire chief Mike Skowera.

An injured, but conscious, woman was in the upside-down car, still in her seat belt, Skowera said. Firefighters used tools to pop open doors. They then cut the seat belt and lowered her onto a half backboard to create a level surface on the SUV’s ceiling. After that, they slid her to a full backboard, the chief said.

PCEMS director Andy Jackson was at the scene and “made the assessment to call LifeFlight.” Emergency crews closed Route 89, and the helicopter landed south of the intersection on the highway, Skowera said.

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