Sunday, June 23, 2013

Propeller strike sends man to hospital: Gary Collins' girlfriend found him injured

A man suffered a life-threatening head injury Thursday evening when an airplane propeller apparently struck him in Clermont County, Goshen Twp. police said. 

The man, whom police officials named as Gary Collins, was believed to be in critical condition after a medical helicopter flew the victim to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said Goshen Twp. police Sgt. Ron Robinson.

The man was apparently getting ready to fly the recently-purchased plane at a private airfield along East Huntley Road when something went wrong, Robinson said.

Around 5:30 p.m., the man’s longtime girlfriend reported discovering he had been badly hurt, Robinson said. The woman had come to check on her boyfriend after not hearing from him for several hours, Robinson said, so the man was believed to have lain undiscovered for quite some time.

Goshen Township, Ohio —A 72-year-old man was flown to UC Medical Center on Thursday afternoon after being struck by a plane propeller.

Sgt. Ron Robinson with Goshen Township Police said Gary Collins was found by his girlfriend at about 5:30 p.m. in a hangar on East Huntley Road, near a private air strip.

Robinson said it appears that Collins had been injured a few hours before being discovered. Collins suffered a severe head injury and was flown by Air Care to the hospital.

Robinson described the plane as an experimental airplane that had recently been purchased by Collins.

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