Sunday, October 23, 2016

Eurocopter AS 350B3, Gallup Med Flight: Accident occurred October 22, 2016 in McKinley County, New Mexico

Photo Courtesy of McKinley County Sheriffs Office

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputies say an alleged drunk driver ran through barricades to strike a fire truck and medical helicopter.

Frank Hernandez was at the scene and witnessed the crash. Hernandez works for Speedway Towing in Gallup. He was at the site of a crash to tow away a vehicle that had rolled over, the wreck that the medical helicopter was responding to.

“Then I noticed after we got the vehicle picked up, this black Jeep flew past us,” said Frank Hernandez. “I was thinking what the heck is this guy doing? Because they had people out there trying to stop traffic, already he almost hit two ladies.”
Hernandez says the Jeep plowed through the barrier around the medical helicopter before hitting the fire truck and then the helicopter.

The suspected driver has been identified as 26-year-old Glenn Livingston of Gallup.

“Our medical team did an outstanding job. The patient was extremely critical, they maintained composure, they were professional and the stabilized this patient despite the incident that occurred on the scene,” said Regional Director Julia Azua.

The patient made it safely to the hospital due to the medical crew’s efforts.

Hernandez says the accident wasn’t even a surprise.

“You’ve got to be pretty drunk. I’ve seen them where they’ve taken vehicles off the road and they don’t know they did that, or not,” said Hernandez.

Hernandez says he estimates about 95% of the cars in his lot were destroyed due to drunk drivers.

Livingston was arrested and is facing charges that include aggravated DWI and open container.

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GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) –  McKinley County Sheriffs Office deputies responded to a crash early Sunday morning after a suspected drunk driver went crashing into a medical helicopter and fire truck on Highway 566 near Gallup.

Deputies say a landing zone for a medical transport helicopter had been set up by the fire department for transport of a patient from a separate crash on Navajo route 1149, when the reported drunk driver went around the barricade on Highway 566 crashing into the helicopter and fire truck.

The helicopter was unoccupied, not running and rotors were not spinning, according to McKinely County Sheriff’s Office.

McKinley County sheriff’s say the suspected drunk driver, now identified as 26-year-old Glenn Livingston of Gallup, has been arrested and is charged with aggravated DWI, resisting, evading and or obstructing an officer among other charges.

No injuries were reported at the time of the crash.

MCSO says all vehicles involved were rendered inoperable and towed from the crash scene.


The McKinley County Sheriff’s Department confirms a vehicle driven by an alleged drunk driver crashed into a medevac helicopter northeast of Gallup on Hwy 566 overnight.

The accident happened when the helicopter crew was in the process of rescuing an occupant involved in a single car rollover.

The road was shut down and two fire engines were parked on both sides of the rotorcraft to protect it.

All occupants, including the pilot were out of the rotorcraft assisting the injured occupant when the accident occurred.

The driver reportedly drove around one of the fire engines then crashed into the helicopter and continued on and crashed into the fire engine.

No injuries were reported and the driver’s name and charges have yet to be released.

The occupant of the initial rollover was transported by ambulance and expected to make a full recover.


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