Woman air-lifted after horse riding accident

Life Flight, St. George, Utah, Feb. 2, 2013 | Photo and image composite by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A woman was air-lifted to the hospital Saturday afternoon after being bucked off her horse.

Around noon, a woman was horseback riding with a companion when she was bucked off her horse and sustained possible injuries. Emergency crews responded to the scene, approximately a half-mile south of Bloomington neighborhood’s Christensen Park in an area north of the Virgin River. She was conscious and alert while being attended to by emergency responders.

Due to the unknown extent of her injuries and the bumpy terrain which could prove dangerous on mobile transport, a Life Flight helicopter was called in to transport the woman to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Vegas is set up for trauma more than Dixie, so with any major trauma they ship them out to Vegas rather than bringing them in (to Dixie Regional Medical Center) and then shipping them out (again),” Capt. Sam Larson said, in a previous and unrelated incident covered by St. George News in March, 2012. “That’s the protocol.”

“We have to (take) precautions for any other injuries,” said John Reed of the St. George Fire Department, on scene today. “This road is too bumpy to take her out. You never know, (there) could be a hairline break or a broken pelvis – we just don’t know.”

Updated 3:38 p.m. amending the destination hospital, upon verification. A family member of the woman present at the accident scene declined to give her name.

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  • Scot February 3, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Gosh dang! I sure hope she is going to be ok.

  • Starfish February 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I hope she is ok. 🙁

    • Joyce Kuzmanic February 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      She is! She’s home and well.

  • fred October 27, 2014 at 3:21 am

    That’s so unfortunate that an animal that decides to act up like that will cause you to end up with a $30, 000 expense, or worse you could be paralyzed

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