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Women air-lifted after accidental shooting

August 10, 2011

From News-Journal.com

A Panola County woman was air-lifted to Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler after a hunting accident on County Road 452.

According to the Panola County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Karitha Hayley received a gunshot wound to her upper left arm after dismounting from her deer stand where she had been hog hunting on Sunday. Hayley said that she heard her husband, Ken Darin Hayley, arrive in his truck and that she was in a hurry to exit the stand. At that time, she did not unload her rifle before she lowered it to the ground. While lowering the gun, she guesses that a string was tangled around the trigger causing the gun to fire and hit her in the arm.

Hayley’s husband soon began the application of first aid by using a sweat rag and Mrs. Hayley’s belt as a bandage and tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

The 911 call was made at 9:27 a.m. by Troy Mathis. Ten minutes later, EMS arrived on the scene which was cleared at 10:36 by which time Mrs. Hayley had been airlifted. Kenneth Edgmon with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

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