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LBFD Uses “Jaws of Life” at 710 Freeway Accident to Free Victim From Wreakage of Vehicle That Fell 45 Feet From Overpass

By frhayes | July 29, 2009

On Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 6:16 P.M., Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) units Engine 1, Engine 3, Truck 1, Rescue 1, Engine 6, USAR 6, Rescue 2, and Battalion Chief 1 responded to a reported overturned vehicle on NB 710 FWY , At W ANAHEIM ST, LONG BEACH, CA 90813.

Upon arrival the units found a vehicle that left the Northbound 710 Bridge over the flood control and landed approximately 45 feet below on the 710 freeway. The vehicle narrowly missed two cars traveling below.

The occupants were both trapped, so LBFD units extricated them using the “Jaws of Life.”  The 28 year old female passenger was transported by Rescue 1 to St Mary’s Medical Center and had moderate injuries. She is expected to survive.

The 38 year old driver was pronounced dead on the scene with major head and chest trauma.

The LBFD units on scene were assisted by the Long Beach Police Department and the  Long Beach  Harbor Patrol, the cause of the accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

This incident occurred in City Council District One with a total of 8 apparatus and 22 personnel working at this incident for approximately one hour.

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