Thursday, November 10, 2011

High-Speed Head-On Collision Brings Full Rescue Response on I-8

Alpine, CA -

An apparent wrong-way driver collided head-on with another vehicle on eastbound Interstate 8 just east of the Peutz Valley bridge this afternoon just before 1:30 p.m. Firefighters from Lakeside's Blossom Valley (fs26) and Lake Jennings (fs3) fire stations responded to the scene. Alpine Battalion 7 (Paskle) assumed I-8 Incident Command and requested additional resources including an aeromedical transport helicopter.

Firefighters were faced with one critically injured patient and two additional patients with moderate injuries. Due to the major vehicle damage, fire control measures were also put in place.  The CHP eventually closed-down eastbound I-8 to allow the Mercy Air 6 helicopter to land. The critically injured patient was loaded and transported by MA6 while the other two were ground transported by Medic 17 (AMR) to an area trauma center. The CHP is investigating the accident.

Fire resources assigned to this incident included: E26s, R3, M3, B1 (Lakeside); E19 (San Miguel); B7 (Alpine). Also assisting were SDSO, CHP, AMR, and Local Tow Company.

Lakeside firefighter/paramedics work on critically injured patient.

Both vehicles sustained major damage.
Mercy Air 6 lands on eastbound I-8.
Photos and story submitted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.


  1. The complete story is beyond tragic.

  2. sad day in alpine. heard this was suicide after being distraught over wifes earlier fatal accident. too bad he tried to take others with him. must have been busy day at the alpine station and the lakeside station