Lakeside Firefighters responded to assist Alpine Fire with a freeway traffic collision with a trapped driver on westbound I-8 in Alpine on Monday, February 8, 2016. B-division crews from Lakeside's Blossom Valley (fs26) and Lake Jennings (fs3) stations were alerted to respond at 5:21 a.m.
Sadly, the incident became a body recovery as it was confirmed early-on that the trapped driver had sustained fatal injuries. The subsequent extrication was described as "very complicated" by Lakeside Fire Captain Ian Lowe, who responded with Lakeside Rescue 3. It took firefighters around 40-minutes to complete the operation.
This incident exemplifies the close working relationship that east county firefighters rely on virtually every day. Other responding resources included Chief 4701 (Paskle), E17 (Alpine), and Medic 7296.
|The van sustained major damage.|
|E17 and R3 spot to protect the scene.|
Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Firefighter-Paramedic Colby Ross, Alpine Fire District