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Injury Traffic Accident On 605 Freeway With Four Critical Patients

By frhayes | October 4, 2009

On Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 9:44 A.M. Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) units Engine (E) 18, E5, Light Force (LF) 19, Rescue R 17, Basic Life Support (BLS) 17, Battalion Chief 2, Orange County Medic 48, BLS16, BLS11, and R14 responded to a reported Injury Traffic Accident (ITA) with an Overturned vehicle On the South Bound 605 FWY, At SO CARSON ST, LONG BEACH, CA 90808. Engine 18, the first arriving unit, Gave an initial report of “one vehicle over the side into a storm drain on it’s roof, investigating”. E18 crewmembers met two occupants on the shoulder of the FWY and made their way down the embankment to find four additional occupants trapped in the vehicle. LF 19 with the assistance of other units and personnel extricated these victims from the vehicle using the “Jaws of Life” and additional technical tools and equipment. The four occupants that required extrication all received advanced life support measures while in the vehicle by LBFD Paramedics due to their serious injuries and required rapid transport to local Trauma Centers for follow-up medical treatment. During this incident the California Highway Patrol (CHP) closed down two southbound lanes to ensure safety of emergency workers and they are currently investigating the cause of the accident. This incident occurred in council district five with a total of 10 apparatus and 15 personnel working on this ITA for approximately one hour.

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