Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vehicle vs. Dumpster on Olde Highway 80

Flinn Springs: On Thursday, February 10th 2010 at 3:27 AM, the Lakeside Fire Protection District received a call of a vehicle accident on Olde Highway 80 near Chimney Rock Lane. An engine company, a rescue company, and an ALS ambulance were dispatched to the incident.
Fire Engineer-Paramedic Rich Smith surveys the damage to the vehicle.
Responding companies from the Lake Jennings station were initially confused when they came across a dumpster that had been impacted at a high rate of speed. The contents had been strewn across the roadway. Crews continued east on Olde Highway 80 an soon discovered a vehicle with moderate damage about 300 yards from the original impact area.
A welcome sight to firefighters. Both the driver side, and passenger side, airbags deployed leaving behind this signature fracture in the windshield.
Crews assessed a single occupant that had no medical complaints. Undoubtedly the fact that there was a airbag deployment contributed to the lack of injuries.

CHP responded to the incident and took the driver into custody. Crews returned to the impact area and assisted the homeowner with removing trash from the roadway.

A total of 8 Lakeside Fire personnel responded to this incident.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

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