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
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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