MARCH 23, 2015
by WADE QUEEN
A logger in Johnson was rescued in what required a near Herculean effort and lenghty time effort by multiple agencies last week.
On Tuesday, March 17 at around 10 AM, Paintsville/Johnson Co. 911 received a call about a logging accident in Johnson County on Lower Twin Branch Road, which is near US 460 and Ky. Rt 825.
Reports indicated that workers were on the side of a hill, cutting down a tree, but as the tree was falling to the ground, one of the loggers was unable to get clear and the tree fell on top of him, injuring him severely.
Members of Rockhouse Fire and Rescue along with W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue and Paintsville Fire-Rescue-EMS responded to the scene. It was reported that the injured man was down a steep hill about 40 to 50 feet, but the terrain and location of the injured man made rescue difficult.
After much technical scouting, planning and execution, rescue workers were able to get to the man, whose injuries were described as very severe, but non-life threatening. After securing the man to a stretcher, he was carried to the top of the ridge from where Paintsville EMS transported him to a Landing Zone that was set up at a Church along Rt 825. He was transported by air flight by HealthNet Aeromedical Services out of Debord, Kentucky. The name of the man has not been released at this time.
After the rescue was complete, the depth and complexity of the operation was truly gauged.
It took 3 fire departments almost 2 hours to remove the injured logger from the accident scene in the woods. The patient had to transported out of the woods on a UTV. And the HealthNet Aeromedical Services flight crew had to be transported from the Landing Zone to the staging area to assist with patient care.