Friday, May 6, 2011

Lakeside Fire Crews Respond to Fatality Accident on Interstate 8

Dunbar Area: On May 6, 2011, at 12:03 a.m., the Lakeside Fire District received calls about a vehicle that had left the freeway on Interstate 8 just east of the Dunbar Rd under crossing. A full rescue response was dispatched that included two structural engines, one rescue company, an ALS medic unit, and a battalion chief.

Crews evaluate the operations needed in the recovery process.
On the arrival of Engine 17 (Alpine Fire), they discovered a vehicle that had left the freeway and was about 85 feet over the side. On the arrival of Battalion 1 (Laff), incident command was established and crews received their assignments.

As firefighters accessed the scene, it was discovered that the single occupant had suffered fatal injuries during the incident and extrication would be required in the recovery process.

A firefighter uses a hydraulic ram to remove the roof of the vehicle.
Crews stood-by until the CHP and the San Diego Medical Examiner could complete their investigations. Firefighters then performed extrication operations to recover the body. The crew of Rescue 3 was able to recover the body, and was subsequently turned over to the crew from the Medical Examiners Department.

The response to this incident included 9 personnel from the Lakeside Fire District assisted by four members from the Alpine Fire District.

The accident is currently under investigation by the CHP.

Submitted By: Battalion Chief Ron Laff

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