A helicopter transported a woman only a few miles after she fell from a tree in a remote location Tuesday.
The fall occurred north of Happyland shortly before 8:30 p.m.
“It was about three-and-half miles north of Happyland,” said Rick Ross, Ada Fire Department assistant chief. “It was probably two miles by (county) road and another mile-and-a-half by oil field road to get to her location.”
Ross said the oil field road had ruts as wide and as deep as the tires on the rescue vehicles.
“The roads getting down in there were extremely muddy and rough,” he said. “In fact we couldn’t get the rescue unit or ambulance all the way to her. We ended up having to put paramedics and firefighters in the back of a four-wheel drive pickup driven by one of the volunteer firefighters from Happyland.”
According to radio traffic, the woman suffered from pelvic and lower back pain. Ross said she fell from a height of more than 10 feet and landed on the broken branch she had been standing on.
Due to the nature of her injuries, emergency officials called for Air Evac to pick her up and take her to Valley View Regional Hospital. A nearby field was used as a landing zone.
“She would have really bounced around in the bed of a pickup on the way out,” Ross said. “That wouldn’t have been good for the type of injuries she had. She wasn’t critical, we just didn’t want to cause further injury getting her out of there.”
The name of the injured woman was unavailable by press time and Ross said he was unsure why she was climbing the tree at night in a remote location.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t ask her because I thought she was embarrassed for all the attention and help she was getting anyway,” Ross said. “I didn’t want to embarrass her anymore and it was irrelevant to what we were treating her for.”
Emergency officials were able to pinpoint the location because of a global positioning system.
“Our dispatch center was contacted by a man (and child the woman was with at the time of the injury) and they used the coordinates of the man’s GPS system to locate where they were,” Ross said. “I don’t know how we would have found these people otherwise.”