Woman flown to Tucson hospital after being bucked off mule

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: A woman who was bucked off a mule was flown to a Tucson hospital on board a LifeNet helicopter like the one pictured here.

By Jon Johnson 


GRAHAM COUNTY – A woman was reportedly flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson on Saturday for treatment of injuries suffered after she was bucked off a mule on the P Ranch south of Safford.

A deputy was dispatched at about 11:18 a.m. to the area near Highway 266 and Gilespie Wash regarding the injured woman. The reporting party advised he didn’t believe a full-sized truck would not be able to respond to the location, which was roughly 1.5 miles northwest of some corrals. 

According to statements from the victim and witnesses, the woman decided to join some family members as they took a load of salt supplements to cattle in the area and was knocked off her mule when it started to buck and jump. The woman fell off the saddle and landed on several large rocks, causing injury to her head and shoulder. 

LifeNet-10 landed and medical personnel treated the woman at the scene. The deputy then assisted by helping carry the woman on a stretcher to the helicopter and she was flown to the Tucson hospital for further treatment of possible head trauma. While still at the scene, the deputy reported the woman was conscious and talking while receiving treatment.