October 4, 2012

Local Teen Life-Flighted From Crash Scene

EMS workers secure the site as the Air Evac helicopter comes in to land at the crash site on Route E.

A Scotland County R-I senior was life-flighted from the scene of a one-vehicle accident in rural Scotland County on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kaci A. Westhoff, 18, sustained serious injuries in the crash that occurred at 3:00 p.m. on Route E, four miles east of Wyaconda.

Westhoff was eastbound in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee when the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway where it struck a culvert and overturned end-over-end ejecting the driver. Westhoff was pinned under the vehicle, which came to rest on its side in the ditch.

She was extricated from the wreckage by the Gorin Fire and Rescue Squad and then was transported by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. She was later transported to University Hospital in Columbia.

According to family members, Kaci suffered a fractured pelvis and was scheduled to undergo surgery to stabilize the injury on October 1st.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff's Office, Gorin Fire & Rescue, Scotland County Ambulance Service and the Wyaconda and Scotland County Fire departments.

The vehicle sustained total damage and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing.

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