Friday, July 16, 2010

Lakeside Firefighters Rescue Vehicle Accident Victims

Major front-end damage required extended extrication.

Blossom Valley: Heartland Fire Dispatch was advised of a vehicle accident on Interstate 8 just east of Lake Jennings Park road at 2:12 pm today. It was reported that a vehicle traveling eastbound on the freeway had crossed the center divide then passed through all westbound lanes sideswiping one vehicle and coming to rest on a frontage road. Barona Chief 4801 (Sandoval) happened upon the crash and directed responding units to the vehicle on Blossom Valley Road. Lakeside Battalion 1 (Laff) arrived on scene to find one heavily damaged vehicle with with two trapped occupants.

Crews work to free the trapped passenger
With the patient extricated Lakeside medics and the Mercy Air flight crew work to stabilize the patient.

B1 established Blossom Incident Command. Rescue 3, Medic 3 and Engine 26s arrived seconds later to begin emergency operations. The vehicle sustained major front-end damage concentrated on the right side resulting in the female passenger being heavily trapped. Due to the need for extended extrication efforts, B1 requested additional resources including air ambulance, Medic 1, Engine 1 and Cal Fire Engine 3382.

Patient stabilization prior to air transport

Twisted metal was removed from around the patient piece-by-piece and she was freed from the wreckage 18 minutes later. The requested airship, Mercy Air 6, arrived on-scene simultaneously to take over care of the passenger who suffered major trauma and was airlifted to Sharp Memorial hospital in critical condition. The driver, reported to be the passenger's daughter, was freed from the wreckage within minutes. She also sustained traumatic injuries and was ground transported to Sharp Memorial by Lakeside Medic 1. Luckily the occupants of the sideswiped vehicle on the freeway escaped injury.

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Submitted by: Captain Chuck Palmore, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

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