ATV rider rolls down cliff, needs helicopter extraction

ATV rider rolls down cliff, needs helicopter extraction
Posted at 11:54 AM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 11:54:50-04

An ATV driver who rolled down the side of a cliff near Great Allegheny Passage required a helicopter rescue Monday evening.

At about 7:15 p.m., Maryland State Police Aviation Trooper 5, based in Cumberland, Md., dispatched an AW-139 helicopter roughly half-a-mile above sea level over an old coal mining pit where the injured rider needed assistance. Emergency medical personnel also hiked to the location to aid in the rescue. 

A trooper was lowered from the helicopter and helped stabilize the man and load him onto a backboard. After determining the location required an aerial extraction due to its difficulty and remoteness, the trooper accompanied the injured rider back up to the helicopter. Crews continued to provide aid as he was flown to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland.

The flight crew was assisted by Mt. Savage Volunteer Fire Department, Frostburg Volunteer Fire Department, Shaft Volunteer Fire Department, Corriganville Volunteer Fire Department, and the Allegany County Emergency Services Team.