UPDATE: Names of Air Evacuation Crew Released - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

UPDATE: Names of Air Evacuation Crew Released

UPDATE: Names of Air Evacuation Crew Released

 At least two roads are still closed in Wichita Falls after a Bell 206 LongRanger III helicopter carrying a medical evacuation team and a gunshot victim crashed. Buddy Rhodes was the only one of the four members of the helicopter to die. Rhodes was being transported by a Duncan based evacuation team after being shot inside a Waurika Oklahoma Apartment. The evacuation crew that survived includes pilot Zechariah Smith, flight nurse Leslie Stewart, and flight paramedic Erasmus Vandercolff IV are all listed in critical condition.

Police quickly blocked access to most roads and alleyways of the surrounding area. Nearly 20 hours later, only the intersection of 9th and Grace Street, where the plane crashed, remains inaccessible. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are heading up the investigation. Local law enforcement has worked side by side with the groups to make sure none of the evidence from the crash site is disturbed.

"We want to protect the scene until they have completed their investigation and picked up the debris," said Wichita Falls Sergeant John Spragins.

According to Spragins the roads could be closed until the middle of the week. The hope is that the road will be cleared and ready to drive on by Monday.

Spragins said it was important that drivers stay clear of the intersection so that the investigation of the scene can be as thorough as possible.  

Jack Carney, Newschannel6

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • US judge temporarily blocks 2nd Arkansas execution

    US judge temporarily blocks 2nd Arkansas execution

    Monday, April 24 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-04-25 02:46:53 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-04-25 02:46:53 GMT

    Two Arkansas inmates who say they're in poor health after decades on death row argue that their medical conditions could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections.

    Two Arkansas inmates who say they're in poor health after decades on death row argue that their medical conditions could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections.

  • Pence thanks US military members during stop in Hawaii

    Pence thanks US military members during stop in Hawaii

    Monday, April 24 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-04-25 02:46:50 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-04-25 02:46:50 GMT

    The vice president met with American Samoan officials and troops on his way to Hawaii at the end of a tour of the Asia Pacific region.

    The vice president met with American Samoan officials and troops on his way to Hawaii at the end of a tour of the Asia Pacific region.

  • O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

    O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

    Monday, April 24 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-04-25 02:46:48 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-04-25 02:46:48 GMT
    (Source: Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)(Source: Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

    Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit.

    Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit.

Powered by Frankly