• James Townsend

Helicopter uses middle school parking lot to assist with accident


On Saturday morning, emergency vehicles blocked off the main parking lot at Portland Middle School to assist emergency crews with an accident. Responders brought in an Aero Med helicopter for assistance.


A vehicle traveling on I-96 left the road way and landed on the embankment between the highway and the middle school.


Crews had the area clear around 9:00 AM. Portland fire and police, Ionia County Sheriff’s office, and Reed and Hoppes towing also assisted with the situation.


A spectator waiting for a Junior Raider football game shared this video of the helicopter leaving the scene.




According to Spectrum Health, “Aero Med provides scene flight services, inter-hospital transport services, and specialty services such as neonatal transports, intra-aortic balloon pump, left ventricular assist device transports and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) transports.

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