Two Med Helicopter On Ground, More En route To LaBelle
LABELLE, FLORIDA (May 23, 2006) -- At noontime Tuesday, a
reported two-vehicle crash on Cowboy Way at the Christian School in
LaBelle had medical personnel scrambling to find enough medical
helicopters to transport accident patients to various west coast
hospitals. Although details and names are pending an investigation by
the Florida Highway Patrol which was en route from State Road 80 and
County Road 833, an apparent head-on collision resulted in numerous
adult and child injuries. A Lee county helicopter landed at the
Hendry helipad about 20 minutes after the 911 call and was able to
transport only one of the patients and returned for a second patient later. A second helicopter landed about
10 minutes later just south of the helipad to take more patients.
A call was also made to Collier county to transport two children, and
Tampa General for additional helicopters. Reportedly the children were to be flown to Lee Memorial and the adults to Saint Mary's Hospital in Palm Beach County. Further details are
pending an FHP report. An unrelated accident occurred about the same
time at Industrial Loop and State Road 29 with no reported injuries , and another call to Cowboy Way as a patient has reported shortness of breath.
although safety personnel were required to check it out.