EMS Helicopter Hurries to Rescue Elderly Oklahoma Man Struck by Truck

Admin Emergency Services, Helicopter Services

Sometimes even being attended to by the fastest and best in emergency medical transport technology isn’t enough to prevent a tragedy.

That’s what happened this past Sunday, November 8th when a pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck at about 6:45 in the evening. The victim of the accident was crossing near the 700 block of South Sara Road just a half a mile south of the town of Tuttle, Oklahoma when the vehicle collided with them.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers rapidly responded to the emergency and arrived on the scene shortly before 7 p.m. to render first aid treatment. However, due to the severity of the pedestrian’s injuries, an air evacuation helicopter was called in to transport the individual to Oklahoma University Medical Center for ER treatment.

Sara Road was again reopened very soon after the helicopter left and by 8 p.m. traffic was once again able to pass through.

Unfortunately, the pedestrian in question, a 72-year-old man named Johnie Adams, was later pronounced dead by clinical staff at OU Medical Center.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating the specific cause of the accident or if blame can be attributed to the driver of the truck.

The helicopter in question belonged to the Tuttle Emergency Medical Services department and is commonly used for urgent transportation of accident and injury victims to the nearest available medical facilities.

This case partly demonstrates that despite the unbeatable speed and response capability of emergency helicopter services, sometimes even these resources aren’t enough to save victims from tragedy.

In this case, the helicopter was within easy reach of the accident site and was able to rapidly transport the victim the dozen or so miles between Tuttle and OU Medical Center, which is located in nearby Oklahoma City. However, these measures weren’t enough due to the victim’s injuries.

Fortunately, for every tragic case such as this one, in which medical services helicopters arrive on the scene rapidly but can’t stop the inevitable, there are many other situations where EMS and medevac helicopters uniquely save lives. In many of these cases, the choppers are the only plausible means of affecting a rescue due to issues such as lack of vehicle access, long distances, and remote medical services.

Many government agencies operate their own EMS helicopter services for these very reasons. However, so too do private charter services such as Flex Air Aviation, whose choppers are regularly available for medical evacuations and rescue operations.