Lubbock veterinarian critically injured by falling concrete slab - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/09

Lubbock veterinarian critically injured by falling concrete slab

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By Karin Slyker | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock veterinarian is in critical condition Tuesday, after being pinned by a large concrete slab.

Fire officials say Katherine Crouch, D.V.M., owner of South University Veterinary Hospital, was doing some remodeling around 4:00 p.m., when a barrier gave way. Dr. Crouch was standing on a ladder, when her head became trapped between a concrete slab and a beam.

It took twenty-three members of the Lubbock Fire Department, including the heavy rescue team, to free her.  "They've got some airbags and equipment on their trucks. They went and raised the beam just a little bit to make room for her head to come out," said Steve Odorizzi, Division Chief, Lubbock Fire Department. "Right now, we're putting some cribbing, pieces of wood, in place to keep the piece of concrete up where it is, and doesn't slide off and hurt anybody else."

Odorizzi says the City Codes Department may be called in as well, to evaluate the structural stability of the building.

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