Dozens Of Rescuers Help Injured Dayton Woman After Fall In Rugged Area Of Signal Mountain; 2 Firefighters Injured During Rescue

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dozens of rescue personnel were involved Monday night in retrieving a 22-year-old Dayton, Tn., woman who fell on a boulder and injured her leg in a remote area.

Two rescue personnel had to be transported when they were injured during the rescue. Those included a female firefighter with a wrist and knee injury and a male firefighter with an ankle injury.

Two firefighters were treated on the scene for dehydration.

The woman is in stable condition at Erlanger Hospital.

She went hiking Monday afternoon with three Chattanooga women along the Middle Creek Trail located off of Suck Creek Road. Amy Maxwell of Hamilton County EMS said, "Unfortunately, their hike turned tragic when one of the four hikers slipped on a huge boulder and fell a few feet, breaking her right lower extremity."

At 6 p.m., one of the the hikers immediately called 911 reporting the injury. Walden Ridge Emergency Services responded and, after arriving on the scene, requested a mutual aid response for several agencies to respond to Middle Creek Trail. 

WRES personnel made contact with the other three hikers via cell phone and informed them they were 3/4 of the way up the mountain. Rescue personnel attempted to hike up the rocky terrain to the injured woman. The hike was a 45-degree-angle hike and it was requested that other rescue personnel set up a command post at Point Park and hike down to the patient as well. 

Hamilton County EMS personnel hiked in with rescue personnel to treat and stabilize the woman.

As of 9:15 p.m., rescue personnel had hiked the Stokes basket to her. She was stabilized in the Stokes Basket. However, the extrication took four more hours.

They brought the patient up the mountain because it was the quickest route.

Those taking part included the city of Chattanooga Urban Search and Rescue team, city of Dayton Rope and Rescue team, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Cave and Cliff Team, Bradley County Fire and Rescue, Dallas Bay VFD, Signal Mountain Fire Department and Lone Oak VFD.

This was the first time the injured 22-year-old had been on the trail. The other Chattanooga hikers has made this hike several times.




Tanker Truck Crushes Pickup In Collision On Broad Street

A pickup truck was crushed under a tanker truck after a collision on Broad Street at 25th Street on Monday afternoon. However, the driver of the Dodge Ram was able to climb from the wreckage. He apparently suffered only minor injuries.   (click for more)

Accused Animal Hoarder Geoffrey Peterson Back In Custody

A man facing animal cruelty charges in both Sequatchie and Hamilton County is back in jail. Geoffrey Peterson has returned to the Sequatchie County Jail. He got out in December after posting bonds on animal cruelty and possession of morphine charges. That related to the hoarding of some 70 dogs and other animals. He later signed the dogs over to animal shelters. Officials ... (click for more)

Tennessee Deserves Better Health Reform

Tennessee needs health care reform. Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," was not the best solution for Tennesseans. That is why the vast majority of Tennessee legislators never publicly supported the plan defeated in a special legislative session in February.   It is important to distinguish health care from health insurance. As one physician ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cameras Or Subterfuge?

State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) is an easy-to-like member of the Tennessee Legislature and the fact he is teaming with state senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) to rid the state of its loathsome traffic cameras is indeed a wonderful thing. The legislative action is long overdue, with the biggest winners being the out-of-state camera companies. That alone is just about all you ... (click for more)

Tre Tiller Scores 22 To Lead Central To Region 3-AA Basketball Championship

There just must be something about playing basketball at Chattanooga State that makes the Central Purple Pounders click. Especially when the opponent is the Brainerd Panthers. Facing Brainerd for the fifth time this season and second at Chattanooga State on Monday night, the Purple Pounders defeated the Panthers for the third time. The latest conquest may have ... (click for more)

Greater Chattanooga HOF: Chairman John Farr To Step Down Class of 2015 Induction Dinner is Tonight At Convention Center

For chairman Dr. John Farr, tonight’s annual Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame dinner is the close of his decade of strong leadership.   A hall of fame board member since 1993, Dr.Farr plans to continue to hold a seat on the board, but has decided to step down as chair.   “I have enjoyed my 10 years as chairman, but I think it is time to let someone else ... (click for more)