Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rainy Morning Makes for Slippery Lakeside Roads

HWY 67 -  The light rain that was falling this morning did its part in making for a slippery morning commute.  Lakeside fire crews responded to many accidents this morning, two of which were on the Hwy 67 corridor.  The accident pictured was a two-vehicle accident where the pickup truck lost control and rolled-over two times before becoming pinned between the tractor trailer and the embankment.  Crews from Station 2 in Eucalyptus Hills, and Station 3 near Lake Jennings  responded to this accident.

 When crews arrived on scene, they found the patient had self-extricated from the accident, meaning they had removed themselves from the vehicle before the fire crews arrived on scene.   Personnel from Engine 2 and Medic 3 treated and transported the patient to an area hospital.   Fortunately, the patient did not receive life-threatening injuries.

When dealing with traffic collisions, fire crews must practice the utmost caution.  Working on patients in hazardous areas, such as the side of rainy high-speed roadway, is inherently dangerous.  We always ask that when confronted with slowing traffic and a vehicle accident in the roadway, motorists slow down and move as far away as possible from the accident to pass.  This simple step helps us in completing our duties on the scene of the accident with much less risk.

Story By:  Firefighter/Paramedic Bernie Molloy, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By:  Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Russo, Lakeside Fire District

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