Thursday, May 10, 2007
Crews respond to SUV, truck wrecks
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Fire Department responded to 46 calls for the period April 21 to May 4, according the chief Ken Holbrook.
After participating in a mock mass casualty drill with Alliance HealthCare System Friday, April 27, a real mass casualty incident happened Saturday, April 28, Holbrook said. The rollover of an SUV at 1464 Highway 178 East involved nine individuals, Holbrook said.
“One lady, Cherlandia Tables, was flown to The Med after ejection from the vehicle during the accident, two children were transported to LeBonheur Hospital by DeSoto County Ambulance Service and five children and one adult were transported to Alliance,” he said.
Alliance Ambulance Service in Benton County and Emergystat in Holly Springs assisted.
“So, this qualified as a mass casualty event,” he said. “It is just a coincidence the hospital drill was held the day before. So we were given the opportunity to apply what was practiced.”
First responders also assisted with a flipped logging truck incident near the intersection of Eddie Lee Smith Drive and Highway 4 East (near the hospital) at 12:29 p.m. Wednesday, May 3.
“The driver flipped his truck on its side making the curve,” Holbrook said.
Clinton Hubbard was airlifted to The Med and later released.
The list of calls for the two-week period included 28 medical assistance calls; one dumpster fire; two grass fires; 10 vehicle accidents with injuries, four of which required extrication; two natural gas leaks and three false alarms, Holbrook said.
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