Jay Man Airlifted After Saturday Crash

March 19, 2017

A Jay man was airlifted to a Pensacola hospital after a Saturday afternoon wreck.

Jonathan Clyde Wells, 20, was traveling north on North Simmons Road about 4 p.m. when he traveled off the roadway and collided with a group of trees. He was transported by LifeGuard helicopter to Sacred Heat Hospital in Pensacola with injuries that were considered minor, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Well  was cited for careless driving by troopers.

Photos courtesy Jay VFD for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


17 Responses to “Jay Man Airlifted After Saturday Crash”

  1. Jusme on March 21st, 2017 2:57 am

    Prayers for a speedy recovery
    Thank you William for your compassion and fast reporting

    Another reason too to call life flight is if the paper mill is doing it’s infamous train load swaps …traffic is backed up ….ambulance can’t get thru…. minutes matter. .lives matter..

  2. Lynn on March 20th, 2017 9:39 am

    Prayers for Jonathan and him Momma. They have been through so much is the past year and now this. When someone’s life is at stake and it is the one YOU love is money going to be what you think of? Really? Jonathan had to go through surgery to fix his arm and his hip is a wait and see situation. Thank you William for clearing up the assumptions everyone likes to make. We love you Jonathan!!!!

  3. Susan on March 20th, 2017 3:49 am

    Thank you William for explaining part of the reason why a helicopter is called. We have protocols we must follow to properly care for patients. You are very much correct about Mechanism of injury and suspicion of greater injuries than immediately visible. Also there is no way to know all the details of an accident from a news article. This man apparently ended up having life threatening injuries…a long bone fracture and pelvic fracture can result in a life threatening amount of blood loss…and it’s not always apparent on scene. Not to mention possible nerve and compromised circulation that could cause loss of life or limb. Rib fractures can result in internal bleeding and lung punctures that can severely compromise breathing and circulation. Again mechanism of injury can suggest the patient has greater injury than can be seen at the moment. Jay cannot handle fractures. Taking him there would have delayed definitive care and resulted in TWO ambulance bills…one by ground and one by air because he would have been flown…and two hospital facility bills. And no, no tax dollars wasted. The responsible party and their insurance is billed, not the tax payer. That’s what auto insurance, health insurance and payment plans are for. I’m thankful that he is alive and recovering and that my co workers provide competent professional care that saved yet another life. Don’t sit back and judge a call by a few lines in a news story especially when you have no clue about the true details and medical protocols and care. Thank you William for your reports and pictures.

  4. Alexus on March 19th, 2017 8:55 pm

    He did not just have minor injuries! He was airlifted because he snapped his arm and they wanted to make sure he didn’t have internal injuries FROM HIS SEATBELT! Also he broke his right hip and a few ribs!NOT MINOR INJURIES! He’s been in the hospital since yesterday!

  5. old man on March 19th, 2017 6:29 pm

    as a former E M T it is best to not take any chances with a patient the on scene commander wil usualy make the call based on the advise of the E M T para medic this woul explain why one person was transported by ambulance and the other by air

  6. bewildered on March 19th, 2017 3:43 pm

    Maybe some of the remarks were made because a victim of another wreck in Flomaton (reported in this same edition) was critically injured but was taken to a Pensacola hospital by EMS. To be quite honest the thought occurred to me also that maybe Life Flight responded to the wrong accident. Nevertheless, I am glad that both victims are going to be alright. i

  7. Ensley D on March 19th, 2017 1:37 pm

    $30000.00 to $40000.00 per ride. Who can afford that?

  8. Jasmine brown on March 19th, 2017 1:18 pm

    Have none of you ever heard of internal injuries? They would have never know it was minor injuries until they got him to the hospital. Apparently they thought the safest and most efficient way to do so was for him to be airlifted. What you people need to be saying is thank god it was ONLY minor injuries!!! If it had been any of your family members it would have been a totally different comment made.

  9. Tracye on March 19th, 2017 12:22 pm

    Prayers for him and his Momma. Just saying if it was your family member you would want lifeflight to be called. You never know what injuries are involved.

  10. Michele on March 19th, 2017 10:44 am

    All roll over, head on and other specific mechanism of injuries are airlifted. It is designed for patient safety since anything could be wrong inside the body and the medical team would not know. Time is the nemesis if there was deep internal injuries. Not a waste of money when you realize the potential disaster for the patient.

  11. Tonya J on March 19th, 2017 10:21 am

    Thanks William for clarifying that for most citizens who have no clue what the Protocol is or have never worked in the medical field.

  12. Calla Ferguson on March 19th, 2017 10:20 am

    Life flight is not paid with your taxes. He will get a bill, a big one.

  13. Dennis on March 19th, 2017 9:57 am

    All of you naysayers would be lambasting them for not calling lifeflight if they had sent him by ambulance to Jay and he died on the way. Better to err on the side of life than death.

  14. William on March 19th, 2017 8:16 am

    I’m speaking in general terms, not specifically about this wreck. I’m just a layman that has gone to hundreds of wrecks; I am not a medical professional.

    A helicopter is sometimes called due to mechanism of injury…the wreck was bad enough.that first responders must treat the patient as if they are critical and call LifeFlight.

    They don’t have the luxury of CT scanners, MRI, etc in the wreck scene to make sure internal organs are not injured or openly bleeding. So they must look at the situation and determine that it was bad enough that the patiently “likely” has internal injuries and call LifeFlight.

    It’s not that the first responders are “wrong” when the person turns out to be OK, it’s that the person was blessed enough not to have the injuries that perhaps they should have had.

  15. A Alex on March 19th, 2017 7:57 am

    Air lifted for minor injuries?

  16. Debbie on March 19th, 2017 6:59 am

    I’m sorry….life flight transported to Pensacola with minor injuries ! Why couldn’t an ambulance took him to Jay hospital ? Looks like someone might have a huge Life Flight bill that was totally unnecessary.

  17. Anonymous on March 19th, 2017 4:26 am

    Why would a lifeflight pick him up if it was only minor injuries? Waste of tax dollars.

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