Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rancho Canada Traffic Accident sends Two to Trauma Center

Glenview: On Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 1:03 a.m., the Lakeside Fire District received calls about a vehicle that had left the roadway in the 8500 block of Rancho Canada. One engine company, a rescue company, and an ALS ambulance were dispatched to the incident.

On the arrival of Rescue 3 and Medic 3, it was determined that the incident involved a single vehicle that had failed to negotiate a curve in the road impacting some large landscaping rocks. The impact had resulted in severe traumatic injuries to both occupants.

Firefighter-Paramedic Jose Corona initiates care on one of the occupants.
A request was made for an additional ALS ambulance and a chief officer to respond to the incident. Local residents stated a third occupant had self-extricated and departed the scene. Both Lakeside Fire and SDSO units searched the area and were unable to locate the third occupant.

Severe damage to the vehicle from a high speed impact.
Both Medic 3 and Medic 1 (Riverview Station) transported their patients to the trauma center at Sharp Memorial Hospital with significant injuries. A steering wheel airbag deployment undoubtedly saved the life of the driver given the amount of damage to the vehicle.

CHP is currently investigating the incident. A total of 8 Lakeside personnel responded to the incident assisted by 3 personnel from the El Cajon Fire Department (E8-Madison Ave Station).

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

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