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Medical Helicopters: Worth the Cost, Risk?
ABC News

It was an ordinary work day at the trucking company last July for Donnie Smothers, 39, of Camden, Tenn. — until an 18-wheeler came crashing down off a jack, crushing his head and chest.

The accident occurred 95 miles from the nearest level 1 trauma center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, a distance that could take almost two hours to cover on the ground. An ambulance arrived on scene to find Smothers losing blood quickly. Time was running out, and the paramedics didn’t think they could get him to the hospital fast enough in the ambulance to save his life.