By Lauren Brant
While emergency personnel were responding to a small firework-related grass fire in Gordon, they received a call about a one-vehicle accident about 5.6 mi. northwest of Gordon.
They arrived on scene shortly before 1 p.m. Karmen Townsend, 68, drove a Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 into a field. The pickup went through the northwest ditch at the intersection of 690 Rd. and 220 Ln. before coming to a stop. As the driver traveled through the field, chairs and a cooler in the pickup bed flew out. The truck also struck a wood post, knocking it to the ground.
To get Townsend out of the vehicle, emergency personnel used the jaws of life to pry open the passenger side door. Firefighters lifted the driver out of the vehicle onto a stretcher. She was taken to Gordon Memorial Hospital for further evaluations. According to the Sheridan County Sheriff’s office, she sustained cuts and bruises from the accident and was later life flighted due to cardiac problems. It is unclear whether the heart problems were a factor in the accident or resulted from it.
Firefighters laid out hoses in the event the truck’s exhaust sparked a grass fire.