Medical chopper crashes on the way to fatal car collision
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (KKTV) - A medical helicopter crashed in southwest Ohio while on the way to a fatal car collision early Tuesday morning.
11 News sister station FOX Cincinnati reports the chopper clipped power lines and went down near the site of the wreck it was responding to.
One person on board the CareFlight helicopter was taken to the hospital via ambulance with unspecified injuries. Two others on the aircraft only sustained minor injuries and did not require treatment.
CareFlight released the below statement to FOX Cincinnati on the crash:
“Early this morning, a CareFlight helicopter operated by Air Methods Corp. responding to a vehicle accident in Butler County contacted wires and experienced a hard landing. The patient was not on board the aircraft, and the three crew were able to safely exit the aircraft.
The crew has been taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation. Air Methods has contacted the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration, and will be working through the investigation process with these agencies.
The safety of patients and crew is of the utmost importance to us. We are grateful that no one was seriously injured in this incident.”
The original crash involved two pickups and left one dead and at least three injured. FOX Cincinnati says three medical choppers were initially dispatched to the crash, but two were called back. It’s not known yet if the helicopter that crashed was one of the ones being rerouted.
Butler County, Ohio, is located between Cincinnati and Dayton and includes the Ohio/Indiana state line.
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