1 dead, 2 injured after medical helicopter crashes at hospital in Colorado, catches fire

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jul 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-05 20:42:00-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — A Flight for Life helicopter crashed at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco on Friday afternoon. Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue got the call around 1:45 p.m. Frisco is off of I-70 about 70 miles west of Denver.

When crews arrived the helicopter and a nearby truck were engulfed in flames. Reports said the chopper went down in the parking lot.
Fire officials reported that the helicopter had crashed and then caught on fire.

Reports said that three people were taken out of the wreckage and treated at the hospital for injuries.

KDVR reports the pilot of the helicopter has died and two others on board were flown to other hospitals to receive higher levels of care. Click here for local coverage and updates on this story from KDVR.

First responders quickly extinguished the flames. Crews from Red, White & Blue Fire, the Summit County Sheriff, Summit County Ambulance and Frisco Police also responded to the crash.

The investigation into what caused the crash was just beginning late Friday afternoon. KDVR in Denver reports Sunday the NTSB is investigating, click here for details.

Flight for Life Colorado provides critical care transport with five helicopters, three airplanes and three ambulances. Flight for Life was the first hospital-based air ambulance in the United States