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Four injured flown from Moores Hill area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Monday, November 19, 2012 8:12 PM

Air ambulances responded to Moores Hill four times Saturday, Nov. 17, due to various traumas, said Moores Hill Fire Chief Bobby Russell.

First injured was Billy Watts, 20, Saturday afternoon, said Russell.

“He was cutting a tree and the chainsaw came down into his left arm,” said Russell. Watts was working at 14156 Main St. when he was injured, and Moores Hill Volunteer Fire Department and EMS set up a landing zone for University AirCare at the firehouse.

Watts was taken to University Hospital, Cincinnati.

Then a man and his 11-year-old niece received head injuries when their all-terrain vehicles collided, said Russell. The child, Emily Langdon, was flown by Stat Flight, North Vernon, to Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, and her uncle Michael Langdon, 40, was taken by University AirCare to University Hospital.

Indiana Conservation Officer David Taylor is investigating the ATV accident, which was reported at about 3:54 p.m., said ICO Cpl. Chris Powell. Dearborn County Sheriff's Department, which initially responded to the accident, is working with Taylor in the investigation.

The two Langdons apparently were coming up to the crest of a ridge from opposite directions when they collided at the top, said Russell. They were riding on their family's property on Lauman Road, and the landing zone was marked off by Dillsboro Fire Department on nearby property. Dillsboro Volunteer Ambulance also responded to the site, said Russell.

Michael Langdon was being held for observation at University, and his niece was placed in the intensive care unit at Children's for observation, said Powell. Initial reports indicate both were wearing helmets. Indiana Conservation officers want to remind the public ATVs can be dangerous to operate. Protective clothing and helmets should always be worn when riding on or operating ATVs.

Fall from tree stand

Saturday evening, deer hunter Aaron Watson, 41, Moores Hill, was deer hunting on private property when he fell from his tree stand, said Powell. He and ICO Officer Brad Reinholt are investigating the accident.

“He fell, like, 32 feet,” said Russell, adding Watson received head injuries “and whatever else he broke.” Watson was hunting on property on Watson Lane.

“Watson was not wearing a safety harness,” said Powell. The hunter sustained multiple serious injuries and was transported by University AirCare to University Hospital.

Indiana Conservation officers remind hunters not to hunt from an elevated stand unless they are wearing a safety harness. Falls from tree stands continue to be the number one accident during hunting, and the injuries sustained are often life changing if not fatal.

Finally, in other activity, MHFD responded to a small grass fire Saturday morning at Christie Watts' residence, 13272 Cold Springs Road, near Moores Hill.

“They were burning grass and it got away. … It's still a bit dangerous to burn,” said Russell.

Last Updated on Monday, November 19, 2012 11:24 PM