May 12, 2013
People walking on the C&O Canal towpath Sunday found a man who was injured in a fall at Maryland Heights, said Capt. Arnold Martin of the Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co. The man, whose name was not released, was alert and conscious when emergency personnel arrived at the scene, Martin said. He was flown by helicopter to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Martin said. The incident was reported at 3:52 p.m., a Washington County 911 dispatcher said. It was not known how far the man fell, Martin said.
February 7, 2013
A helicopter has been called to a single-vehicle accident that was reported at about 1 p.m. Thursday near Hancock, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said. The supervisor said the accident occurred at the No. 1 exit from Interstate 70, which is where U.S. 522 and the highway intersect. One lane of U.S. 522 was been shut down to traffic. Further details were not immediately available.
December 12, 2012
West Virginia University Hospitals-East's City Hospital Foundation recently donated $10,000 to HealthNet VIII to purchase a GlideScope for the Martinsburg-based air ambulance helicopter, according to a news release. The GlideScope is a device used by flight nurses and paramedics to insert breathing tubes in patients who have suffered severe trauma or to treat patients who have a difficult airway and are not breathing on their own. This video scope has a high-resolution digital camera that is connected to a high-resolution LCD monitor, which assists the flight staff in establishing an airway.
December 2, 2012
Serving aboard U.S. Coast Guard cutters was not a good fit for David Cooper and his queasy stomach. “It wasn't the pitch, it was the roll that did it,” said Cooper, 67, who retired Saturday after a long career flying helicopters for the Coast Guard for nearly 18 years, then 15 more years in Maryland State Police helicopters in Cumberland, Md. One day on a rescue mission, a Coast Guard helicopter flew over his cutter on its way to the rescue....
September 23, 2012
Crews had to cut an opening in some trees Saturday in a heavily wooded area near The Woods resort so a rescue worker could be lowered from a helicopter to help a woman who had fallen about 40 feet from a cliff, officials said. Two helicopters were sent to the site after it was determined that the woman could not be removed using conventional ground-rescue techniques, according to Maryland State Police. One helicopter with a specially trained aerial rescue worker was sent to the scene in the area of Maverick Trail and a second helicopter from Cumberland, Md., was sent to the scene, state police said.
July 9, 2012
An 8-year-old girl was taken by helicopter to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Monday morning after she fell off a bicycle at Greenbrier State Park, Mt. Aetna Deputy Fire Chief Ricky Fleming said. Fleming said the girl was taken by Maryland State Police helicopter to the Washington hospital as a precaution. The accident was reported at 9:45 a.m. The helicopter took off at about 10:30 a.m. In addition to state police, the Boonsboro Ambulance & Rescue Service, Mt. Aetna Volunteer Fire Department and Washington County Emergency Services Special Operations responded to the accident.
June 14, 2012
A 13-year-old boy was flown to Meritus Medical Center Thursday evening after he was injured in a motorcycle accident in a field off Sharpsburg Pike, a Washington County 911 supervisor said. The boy sustained some injuries in the pelvic area but they did not appear to be life-threatening, according to the supervisor. The boy was one of two people on the motorcycle but it was unclear if he was the driver, the supervisor said. The accident, which occurred between Spielman and Lappans roads, was reported at 4:53 p.m. The boy was flown to the hospital near Hagerstown by a Maryland State Police helicopter, the supervisor said.
April 27, 2012
One person was flown by helicopter to Meritus Medical Center on Friday after a one-vehicle crash on Beaver Creek Road, a Washington County 911 supervisor said. The person's vehicle rolled over. The call was dispatched at 5:41 p.m. No other information was available Friday evening.
April 12, 2012
A father and son were flown from the scene of a tractor-trailer accident Thursday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 at Exit 29 (Md. 65/Sharpsburg Pike), a Maryland State Police trooper said. Trooper 1st Class E. Witanowski said the two occupants of the tractor-trailer, a man in his 60s and his son in his late 20s, were flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The extent of their injuries wasn't known, he said. The accident was reported at 8:43 a.m., authorities said. Witanowski said the tractor-trailer rig apparently veered off the interstate, went off the off-ramp to Md. 65, crashed through a guardrail and went down a 50-foot embankment.
April 5, 2012
One person was flown by helicopter and another taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center after a head-on crash between two vehicles Thursday morning near Hancock, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. The injured were identified as Robert Edmund Munday, 47, of 14044 White Oak Ridge in Hancock, and Elwood Harrison Liggett, 56, of Hereford Lane in Warfordsburg, Pa., according to a sheriff's office news release. Their conditions were unavailable Thursday afternoon because Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown no longer releases the conditions of patients to the media.