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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Accident victim air lifted to LSUS

  • A one vehicle accident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. on Vaughn Road in Beekman on Sunady.
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  • A one vehicle accident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. on Vaughn Road in Beekman on Sunady. The victim, 37-year-old Sabrina Tharp, was traveling east when she lost control of her vehicle, a 2002 Mitsubishi SUV, and left the roadway. According to Sheriff Mike Tubbs, Tharp came out of the vehicle after it flipped several times. “She sustained serious injuries,” Tubbs said. “Med Life Ambulance service, the Morehouse Parish Office and the Louisiana State Police responded.” Tubbs said Tharp was transported by Med Life to Beekman Jr. High where a Paffordd Air Ambulance landed and picked her up. “There's a large ball field behind the school, which gives them a large area to easily land the helicopter,” he said. “It's also fenced in to keep onlookers from getting too close.” Tharp was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Tubbs said although there is more than one air ambulance service available in the rural areas of Morehouse Parish, the company chosen to airlift a victim is “the one that is closest at the time.” The decision to transport a victim to an out-of-town hospital, is decided by trained first responders. “Realistically, the accident was 20 miles north of Bastrop,” he said. “When we see individuals with this kind of trauma, we know a helicopter can take them to a trauma one center in under an hour. We use the distance of the accident and the severity of the injuries to decide if they need to be airlifted.” Tharp's condition was not available at press time.
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