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Machine entrapment calls for patient to be transported by helicopter

Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) Lexington County EMS and the fire service were dispatched to a call at the Diamond Pet Food plant in Gaston Tuesday morning. The call, which was received some time around 11:45 a.m., brought an EMS crew, their supervisor, and specialty rescue trucks and equipment along with a battalion chief from the fire service. The Gaston Police Department also had units on the scene.

The reports called in by personnel inside the plant indicated that someone was trapped between two pieces of equipment. Because of this description, the call was dispatched to first responders as a technical rescue. This type of call would be handled by rescuers with special training and equipment that you wouldn’t normally find at some other type of fire or vehicle collision.

Once rescue personnel arrived on the scene, they quickly assessed the status of the patient who was injured. Because that individual was in serious condition, they requested the response of a Lifenet helicopter. The chopper responded and landed just across Hwy. 321 south from the plant off Woodcoat. The patient was transported by ground and then loaded on the helicopter for the flight to the trauma center in Palmetto Richland. Lexington County's social media sites have described the patient's condition as life-threatening. No further details on the patient’s status or the exact details regarding the accident are available at this time.

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