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Emergency workers tend to more than 100 patients

September 16, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A re-enactor was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Saturday after he tripped and fell backwards onto rocks, said Alan Matheny, spokesman for the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway.

The man had a previous back injury before the mid-afternoon incident Saturday at the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam re-enactment site south of Hagerstown.

The man also was hit in the stomach by a saddlehorn when a horse bucked, Matheny said.

Emergency service workers tended to about 130 patients Saturday at the re-enactment site along Rench Road.

Approximately 16 patients were taken to Washington County Hospital, Matheny said. They included three or four people with possible heart attacks, a woman with a gall bladder problem, several people with broken or twisted ankles and people who had been stepped on or run into by horses, Matheny said.

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During the afternoon re-enactment of the Battle of Bloody Lane, a Confederate re-enactor required medical attention. A brush truck pulled onto the edge of the battlefield while a rescue worker carried a back board to the re-enactor near the Sunken Road fence line.

Matheny didn't have any information as to that patient's injury or condition.

The majority of the patients on Saturday were people with heat-related problems, dehydration, cuts and twisted ankles, Matheny said.

A few people had bruised knees or hands after the hay wagon carrying them caught some branches, jarring the wagon's occupants, Matheny said.

A re-enactor who was taken to Washington County Hospital on Friday with a possible stroke was treated and released, a hospital nursing supervisor said Saturday.

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