Medical emergency closes north Raleigh intersection
Posted May 5, 2015
Updated May 6, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Officials at WakeMed in north Raleigh asked police to close the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Durant roads for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon to allow a hospital helicopter to land.
A hospital spokeswoman said that a patient had come to the Emergency Room at WakeMed North and needed to be transported to WakeMed Raleigh. Doctors decided that a helicopter was the best way to handle it, so they asked police to allow the helicopter to land on the road.
WakeMed North doesn't have a helipad.
On approach, the pilot warned WakeMed that there were too many power lines to allow a safe landing in the intersection, so after about 40 minutes, the road was re-opened to traffic.
The patient was then taken by ambulance to a nearby athletic field where the helicopter was able to land.