A Whittier woman was flown to Mission Hospital in Asheville after an SUV – which was in park – slid down a hill, trapping her beneath it.
Harris EMS transported Wendy Whigham, 47, to Harris Regional Hospital, where she was flown by Mountain Area Medical Airlift helicopter based in Franklin, known as MAMA 2, to Mission.
Whigham works in information technology for Jackson County Department Social Services.
“She came up here to install a computer in a social worker’s home,” Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Blake Watson said. “She parked the vehicle at the top of the hill. It was still in park and started sliding backwards. She tried to stop the vehicle and unfortunately fell and was caught underneath the vehicle.”
The SUV came to stop when it smashed into a tree.
A witness told Watson the Chevrolet SUV was in park when she arrived on scene, he said.
Sylva Fire Department used cribbing and the jaws-of-life to lift the vehicle up and remove Whigham, he said. Cribbing is the use of timbers or other supports to lift an object from below, such as a piece of heavy machinery.
The emergency response included Sylva Fire Department, Jackson County Rescue Squad and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Whigham remained hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon.