Man suffers head injuries in midnight 4-wheeler crash

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

August 31, 2008 - A man was taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for treatment of a head injury sustained in a four-wheeler wreck late Friday night. At least one other person was reported to have sustained broken bones as a result of the crash.

Emergency officials were notified around midnight Friday that a four-wheeler had crashed on County Road 1211, leaving one person injured. Hopkins County sheriff's deputies, Arbala firefighters, Emergency Medical Services personnel and state troopers responded. A medical helicopter was requested to be placed on standby pending further assessment of injuries.

Upon arrival, firefighters and deputies reported the crash to be major, with one person sustaining a major head laceration. He had an open head wound, and was reported to be conscious but not alert. A helicopter was requested to land at the scene due to his injuries.

EMS crews requested additional personnel be sent to the area as two "individuals in a residence close to" the wreck were reported also to have been "involved" in the crash. Dispatchers sent additional EMS staff to check on a "couple of kids" suspected to have "broke arms." One female was confirmed to have a broken arm.

A short while later, dispatchers reported to EMS that two helicopter companies had been contact but would be unable to fly to the location due to due to low visibility in the area; a third group was to be contacted.

EMS crews requested a trauma team be activated, that they were bringing in the 34-year-old man with the head injury, aided by a firefighter. At least one other person was also reported to have been transported to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

No further information about the crash nor the injured was available at press time.

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