Paramedics stabilize a woman injured in a rollover accident Wednesday, before she was airlifted to a trauma center in the Valley. Such transports often cost more than $10,000.
Photo by Andy Towle.
An elderly couple was airlifted to the hospital on Wednesday after their vehicle rolled on Highway 87, just north of town.
The couple was traveling southbound about 9:30 a.m. to Payson from their home in Strawberry when their gold Honda CR-V rolled near milepost 256, landing on its side. Firefighters removed the couple through the back of the vehicle and brought them to the airport where Native Air took them to a Valley hospital.
The driver told a DPS deputy he doesn’t know why he lost control.
The couple was still in the hospital Thursday with non-life threatening injuries.
Fire Chief Marty deMasi said it is common for paramedics to airlift those involved in a rollover given the likelihood that serious injuries occurred.
However, some patients airlifted to the Valley may be released rather quickly because they have only minor injuries.
It is up to the paramedic in the field to determine if a patient needs additional care.
Currently, Payson Regional Medical Center is not equipped to take trauma patients, so all must be sent to a Valley Level 1 trauma centers.
“If you are seriously injured the best place you can be is a Level 1 center,” he said.
PRMC is working to become a Level 4 trauma center. When it gets that certification, paramedics can send more patients there, deMasi said.