Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boy injured in bike crash

Youth transported by emergency helicopter to Boise hospital


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    A boy injured in a mountain bike accident in Adams Gulch north of Ketchum on Monday was later flown by emergency helicopter to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
    Neither the boy’s name nor age were available from the Ketchum Fire Department, the emergency organization that responded to the accident. The Ketchum Fire Department was assisted by the Sun Valley Fire Department.
    Ketchum Lt. Paramedic Lara McLean said the accident happened at about 6 p.m. about two miles from the Adams Gulch trailhead. She described the response as a “backcountry rescue” in which the department’s new “Ranger” all-terrain vehicle was used to transport the victim from the crash scene.
    McLean said the boy was initially taken by Ketchum ambulance to St. Luke’s Wood River hospital. From there he was flown to Saint Alphonsus by an emergency helicopter dispatched from St. Luke’ Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls.
    McLean said the boy was in stable condition when transported to Boise.
    Because the accident did not involve a motorized vehicle, it was not investigated by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com






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