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Rescuers Search for Survivors after Brazil Dam Collapse

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 08:35

BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Firefighters on Monday carefully moved over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies, four days after a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and surrounding neighborhoods with iron ore waste.

The confirmed death toll rose to 58, with up to 300 people still missing, authorities said. In an ominous sign, nobody was recovered alive Sunday, a stark difference from the first two days of the disaster, when helicopters were whisking people from the mud.

The slow speed of search efforts was due to the treacherous sea of reddish-brown mud that surged out when the mine dam breached Friday afternoon. It is up 24 feet (8 meters) deep in some places, and to avoid the danger of sinking and drowning searchers had to carefully walk around the edges or slowly crawl out onto the muck.

Firefighting officials said Monday they had identified a bus believed to be filled with bodies and had worked through the night trying to get through the mud.

Flavio Godinho, a spokesman with the civil defense of the state of Minas Gerais, told the G1 news portal that the bus was near the dam that collapsed, but that it was too soon to say how many might be inside.

Rescue efforts were suspended about 10 hours Sunday because of fears that a second mine dam in the southeastern city of Brumadinho was at risk of failing. An estimated 24,000 people were told to get to higher ground, but by afternoon civil engineers said the second dam was no longer at risk.

Areas of water-soaked mud appeared to be drying out, which could help firefighters get to areas previously unreachable. Still, it was slow going for the search teams, and residents were on edge.

"Get out searching!" a woman yelled at firefighters near a refuge set up in the center of Brumadinho. "They could be out there in the bush."

Brazilian searchers were poised to get reinforcements on Monday, when more than 100 Israeli soldiers and other personnel were set to join the efforts.

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Rescuers Search for Survivors after Brazil Dam Collapse

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 08:35

BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Firefighters on Monday carefully moved over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies, four days after a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and surrounding neighborhoods with iron ore waste.

The confirmed death toll rose to 58, with up to 300 people still missing, authorities said. In an ominous sign, nobody was recovered alive Sunday, a stark difference from the first two days of the disaster, when helicopters were whisking people from the mud.

The slow speed of search efforts was due to the treacherous sea of reddish-brown mud that surged out when the mine dam breached Friday afternoon. It is up 24 feet (8 meters) deep in some places, and to avoid the danger of sinking and drowning searchers had to carefully walk around the edges or slowly crawl out onto the muck.

Firefighting officials said Monday they had identified a bus believed to be filled with bodies and had worked through the night trying to get through the mud.

Flavio Godinho, a spokesman with the civil defense of the state of Minas Gerais, told the G1 news portal that the bus was near the dam that collapsed, but that it was too soon to say how many might be inside.

Rescue efforts were suspended about 10 hours Sunday because of fears that a second mine dam in the southeastern city of Brumadinho was at risk of failing. An estimated 24,000 people were told to get to higher ground, but by afternoon civil engineers said the second dam was no longer at risk.

Areas of water-soaked mud appeared to be drying out, which could help firefighters get to areas previously unreachable. Still, it was slow going for the search teams, and residents were on edge.

"Get out searching!" a woman yelled at firefighters near a refuge set up in the center of Brumadinho. "They could be out there in the bush."

Brazilian searchers were poised to get reinforcements on Monday, when more than 100 Israeli soldiers and other personnel were set to join the efforts.

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Rescue Efforts End in Spain for Boy in Borehole

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 08:15

MADRID (AP) — Rescue crews in Spain early Saturday found the body of a 2-year-old boy, whose fall into a deep borehole 13 days earlier prompted a complex and heart-wrenching search-and-rescue operation that had the country holding its breath.

Julen Rosello fell down the narrow 110-meter (360-foot) -deep borehole on Jan. 13 while his family was preparing a countryside Sunday lunch. Adding to the family's tragedy, Spanish media had reported that his parents had another young son who died of a heart attack in 2017.

Julen's remains were found in the early hours of Saturday by rescuers digging a tunnel to reach him, said Alfonso Rodriguez, the Spanish government's representative for the southern region of Andalusia. They were accompanied by a member of the Civil Guard, which then took charge of removing the body.

Rodriguez said that the results of the boy's autopsy would remain secret under a judicial commission following up with the accident's investigation. The Civil Guard was investigating if the borehole had been made illegally.

The tragedy had gripped Spaniards from day one and the country had followed closely every turn of an extremely complex operation, frequently hampered by layers of hard rock.

Spain's King Felipe VI and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez both offered their condolences to the family.

"All of Spain shares in the infinite sadness of Julen's family," Sanchez wrote on Twitter. "We have followed each step taken to reach him. We will always be grateful for the tireless effort of those who worked to find him during these days. My support and warmth to his parents and loved ones."

The dry waterhole, only 25 centimeters (10 inches) in diameter, was too narrow for an adult to get into and hardened soil and rock blocked equipment from progressing to the place two-thirds of the way down where the toddler was trapped.

During the nearly two weeks of the ordeal, officials came up with several alternative routes to the toddler. A series of small explosions set off since Thursday afternoon, including a fourth one late on Friday, helped the crews make their way through a 3.8-meter (12 ½-foot) -long horizontal tunnel to the cavity.

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Brandon, SD Council Approves Funds for MED-Star Ambulance Service

JEMS - News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 10:22

BRANDON, S.D. (KSFY) - In a city council meeting Monday night, city councilors voted unanimously to give MED-Star $49,999. The ambulance service asked for $50,000 originally, but Brandon Mayor Paul Lundberg said they approved one dollar shy of that amount. The reason why is because the city's legal counsel said they may have had to bid out if the amount stood at $50,000. City officials didn't want to risk it and approved one dollar less. The mayor said it was a no-brainer to approve the money though.

"They're two minutes away. They're two to five minutes away for most residents in this community. That's just a huge positive for our entire community," he said.

Marcia Gnadt has owned a business in Brandon for about 27 years. She has actually had to use the MED-Star ambulance service multiple times for various medical emergencies at the business. 

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NAEMSP Welcomes New Leadership

JEMS - News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 22:09

OVERLAND PARK, KS – The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) is pleased to welcome new members to their Board of Directors.

David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM, FAEMS, is the new president of the association. He is an associate professor of emergency medicine and chief of the EMS Section at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Department of Emergency Medicine. Tan is also the medical team manager for the St. Louis Metro Urban Search and Rescue Taskforce, the medical director for the St. Charles County Police Department, the medical director of AMR/Abbott EMS and medical director of the Clayton Fire Department.

In addition to Tan, incoming board members include:

  • President-Elect Mike Levy, MD, FACEP, FACP, FAEMS, Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage, AK
  • Treasurer Jose G. Cabanas, MD, MPH, FAEMS, Wake County EMS System, Raleigh, NC
  • Physician Member-at-Large John M. Gallagher, MD, FACEP, FAEMS Wichita/Sedgwick County EMS System, Wichita, KS
  • Physician Member-at-Large Stacy Weisberg, MD, MPH, FAEMS, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
  • Physician Member-at-Large Sabina Braithwaite, MD, FAEMS, Washington University EMS, St. Louis, MO
  • Program Committee Chair Toni Gross, MD, MPH, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
  • Standards and Clinical Practice Committee Chair Ryan Jacobsen, MD, FAEMS, Johnson County EMS, Olathe, KS

They join current members Immediate Past President J. Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FAEMS, Raleigh, NC; Physician Member-at-Large Brian Clemency, DO, MBA, FAEMS, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; Physician Member-at-Large Douglas F. Kupas, MD, FAEMS, Danville, PA; Professional Member-at-Large Daniel Patterson, PhD, NRP, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Physician Member-at-Large Peter Taillac, MD, FAEMS, Utah State EMS, Salt Lake City, UT.

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Inside EMS: Tackling the education disparity across national EMS associations

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 18:33
Inside EMS: Tackling the education disparity across national EMS associations by FR1 and EMS1 Podcasts
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Cleveland EMS Union Demands Action for Scene Safety

JEMS - News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 11:19

CLEVELAND (FOX 8) - The FOX 8 I-Team has obtained exclusive video showing the incident that sparked a desperate call for more protection for Cleveland EMS crews.

The union for paramedics recently sent a letter to Cleveland City leaders demanding urgent action for more safety at scenes.

Cleveland Police body camera video shows what happened last month. Officers found a naked man disrupting traffic and yelling nonsense at East 140th and Kinsman. The man refused commands from the police.  Meantime, an EMS crew told officers there that same man had assaulted a paramedic, a paramedic trying to help another person assaulted by the same suspect.

 

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Two Soldiers Killed, Seven Hurt in Training Crash in New Mexico

JEMS - News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 10:13

OTERO COUNTY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two soldiers from an Army base in Texas have died and seven other military members remain hospitalized after two military training vehicles crashed in southern New Mexico.

El Paso TV station KTSM reports the soldiers were part of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss that's headquartered in El Paso.

The crash reportedly occurred Tuesday night in U.S. Route 54 close to Otero County Prison, about 30 miles from El Paso, and involved two Stryker vehicles.

Fort Bliss officials say the crash is under investigation.

The names of the two soldiers who died are being withheld until their families can be notified.

Two Fort Bliss soldiers killed, seven others hurt after training crash, KOAA

 

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Milwaukee Woman’s Death Draws Attention to Ambulance Diversions

JEMS - News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 08:34

MILWAUKEE (CBS News) - A Milwaukee woman's death is drawing attention to the controversy surrounding the practice of ambulance diversions. Tiffany Tate worked at the Medical College of Wisconsin when she suffered a stroke. She worked just 350 yards from the area's best hospital for strokes, but the ambulance did not take her there for treatment.

Tate, 37, was taken to a different hospital with limited stroke care where she eventually died. An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looked into ambulance diversions and why it's happening in many of the country's largest cities.

Ambulance diversion is meant as a solution to address overcrowding in emergency rooms. Ambulances are directed to other facilities to relieve congestion.

But critics say the practice can cause overcrowding at other hospitals, lead to delayed medical care for patients, and can increase travel time to the hospital. As Tate's tragic case highlights, the practice can also have deadly consequences. 

 

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Five Killed in Shooting inside Florida Bank

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 16:26

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — A former prison guard trainee who recently moved to Florida from Indiana killed five people during a standoff at a small town bank before surrendering to a SWAT team that stormed the building, police said.

Investigators said Zephen Xaver, 21, called police from inside the SunTrust Bank branch Wednesday to report that he had opened fire. He barricaded himself inside and when negotiations failed, the SWAT team burst in, capturing Xaver and discovering the bodies, police said. Investigators did not offer a possible motive, and a police spokesman said he did not know if the attack began as a robbery. The victims were not immediately identified.

Late Wednesday, police investigators still swarmed the bank, which sits between a hotel and a hair salon located in a business district of U.S. 27. The four-lane highway passes through farming communities and small towns as it connects South Florida and central Florida. Sebring, with 10,000 residents, is known internationally for its annual 12 Hours of Sebring endurance auto race that draws world-class drivers.

"Today's been a tragic day in our community," Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said during a news conference. "We've suffered significant loss at the hands of a senseless criminal doing a senseless crime."

He said more information would be released at a Thursday morning press conference.

Florida Department of Corrections records show that Xaver was hired as a trainee prison guard at Avon Park Correctional Institution on Nov. 2 and resigned Jan. 9. No disciplinary issues were reported. Public records and neighbors said Xaver had arrived in Sebring last fall with his mother, living in a non-descript pre-fabricated home about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the bank. No one answered the door Wednesday night after police finished searching the home. Public records and neighbors say he and his mother moved to Sebring in the fall from Plymouth, Indiana, a town south of Notre Dame University.

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Five Killed in Shooting inside Florida Bank

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 16:26

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say five people have been killed in a shooting at a Florida bank.

Sebring police Chief Karl Hoglund said during a news conference that Zephen Xaver was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a SunTrust Bank branch.

Hoglund says a man contacted dispatch and reported that he had fired shots inside the bank. Police say initial negotiations to get the barricaded man to leave the bank were unsuccessful. The Highlands County Sheriff's Office SWAT team entered the bank to continue the negotiations, and the man eventually surrendered.

Police didn't say what charges Xaver would face or indicate a motive.

The victims were not immediately identified.

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Communications Toolkit: Resources for Fourth Generation Agent Emergency Preparedness and Response

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 11:23

After the incidents in the United Kingdom (U.K.) in 2018 involving a fourth generation agent, the White House National Security Council convened a federal interagency working group to identify and develop resources to help the emergency response community prepare for and respond to a fourth generation agent incident if one ever occurs in the U.S., as well as support the development of specific guidance and training to enhance overall preparedness efforts. These resources meet the needs of U.S. emergency response professionals who sought to learn more about the agent used in the U.K. and how to protect themselves and respond if such incidents ever occur in their communities.

Fourth generation agents, also known as Novichoks or A-series nerve agents, belong to a category of chemical warfare agents that are unique organophosphorus compounds. They are more persistent than other nerve agents and are at least as toxic as VX. While fourth generation agents share similar characteristics with other nerve agents, fourth generation agents also pose several unique challenges in terms of toxicity, detection, persistence, and potential for delayed onset of symptoms. The following resources were developed to address these characteristics and challenges and provide tailored guidance to various segments of the emergency response community.

  • Safety Awareness for First On-Scene Responders Bulletin – Designed to educate and prepare first responders for situations when law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are first to arrive on scene and initially may be unaware that a fourth generation agent is present. This bulletin will assist departments and agencies develop specific guidance and training to enhance overall preparedness efforts. (PDF - 791 KB)
  • Reference Guide – Designed to educate and prepare hazardous materials (HAZMAT) response teams, the guide includes chemical and physical properties of fourth generation agents, as well as detection, firefighting, personal protective equipment, and decontamination recommendations for situations when responding to a known or suspected fourth generation agent incident. This guide will assist HAZMAT response teams develop specific guidance and training to enhance overall preparedness efforts. (PDF - 789 KB)

These resources were developed by a federal interagency working group comprising experts in medicine, science, public health, law enforcement, fire, EMS, HAZMAT, and occupational safety and health from the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), Department of Transportation (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Emergency Medical Services), Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency.

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Bill to Arm Firefighters, Medics Passes in Virginia Senate

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:43

RICHMOND – A bill allowing firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics to carry a concealed firearm narrowly passed in the Virginia Senate on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.

The bill, S.B. 101, was sponsored by Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) who is the mother of an EMT.

Chase, known for being armed on the Senate floor, said that firefighters and EMS personnel may have the need to defend themselves, especially at the scene of a violent incident, and in Virginia’s rural areas where law enforcement is spread thin and may be slow to arrive at the scene.

The bill is opposed by Democrats led by Senator Jeremy Pike (D-Prince William) who is a volunteer firefighter in Dale City.  Pike warns that arming firefighters and EMTs without training could pose a danger and create a legal liability.

The bill now goes to the House.  A similar bill was defeated last year.

Read the Bill:
SB 1012 Firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, etc.; carrying a concealed weapon.

 

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Armed Man Kills Self inside Virginia Hospital

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:14

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (ABC7) — A 64-year-old man was a patient at Fairfax Inova Hospital Tuesday night. But he also came into the hospital armed with a gun.

Fairfax County Police say Thomas Wimmer, of Ashburn, reportedly shot himself at least once in the upper body. There were no other injuries in the incident.

Officers were called to the medical campus on Gallows Road at 8:50 p.m. for reports of a patient brandishing a gun in the hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute on the fourth floor.

Before officers arrived, they received another call of a shot fired. They found Wimmer in his hospital room with a gunshot wound. He was conscious and refusing commands to put down the gun.

Officers contained the man and attempted to "peacefully de-escalate" the situation. About an hour later, they were able to detain the man and move him over to the emergency room to be treated.

But we later got word that he died from his injuries.

 

Fairfax County Police say there was never a threat to the public but now they are investigating trying to figure out exactly what this man’s motives were and why he even brought a gun into the hospital.

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Michigan Paramedics, Police Sergeant, Charged in Inmate Death

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:05

WESTLAND, Mich. (WDIV) - A former Westland police sergeant and two paramedics have been bound over on misconduct charges in connection with the death of an inmate at the Westland Jail, according to authorities.

Former Sgt. Ronald Buckley and two paramedics are facing charges in the case. Manslaughter charges were dropped Tuesday when a judge ruled there wasn't enough evidence that their actions caused the inmate's death.

They were all bound over on misconduct in office charges.

Prosecutors said William Marshall died of cocaine toxicity when Buckley, Leah Maynard and Matthew Dicosola wouldn't help him, even after he went into convulsions.

Marshall's family members were in the courtroom Thursday as Buckley, Maynard and Dicosola were charged in their loved one's death. They said they have mixed feelings about the day's developments.

"It's very hurtful," Marshall's brother, Demond Marshall, said. "It's so hard to even talk about."

William Marshall was taken into Westland police custody 10 months ago and started convulsing in his cell, officials said.

"He's screaming for help," Demond Marshall said. "He's screaming. He needs help. He knows he needs help bad."

But prosecutors said nothing was done to help the man.

"Y'all don't help him," Demond Marshall said. "You leave him there to die. It's very unfair."

"To finally just put a face with the abuse that I know my fiance took, it was -- it was hard," said Kaliece Simms, William Marshall's fiance.

Allen Turner said he believes there's a reason his brother's calls for help were ignored.

"Oh, he was a drug dealer," Turner said. "He was this, so they felt like his life didn't matter. So that's what happened. That's exactly what happened."

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Fox News Host, Family Injured in Crash in Montana

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 08:43

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Fox News host Bret Baier and his family survived a motor vehicle crash in Montana after the television anchor's SUV slid on an icy road, collided with a pickup truck and turned over in a ditch, authorities said Tuesday.

Baier, the executive editor of Fox News Channel's "Special Report," said that after a weekend of skiing he was driving to the airport on icy roads outside Bozeman with his wife and their two sons on Monday when the crash happened.

"I hit a big patch of ice and I could not stop our SUV," Baier said at the end of his show on Tuesday. "We slid into the intersection of a busy road and into the path of a big pickup truck, which slammed into our driver's side door. The air bags deployed, the windows shattered, we careened into a ditch and flipped sideways."

Baier, 48, said a passing motorist stopped and the family was able to climb out of the flipped vehicle. He said first responders got them to a hospital quickly, from which he says they left "banged up but alive."

A photo provided by the Montana Highway Patrol showed Baier's vehicle on its side in a snowy ditch. Three passengers in Baier's vehicle were treated for minor injuries that he described as "a concussion, 14 stitches on a chin, a jostled tooth and a sprained ankle."

One passenger in the truck was also transported to a hospital for minor injuries, said John Barnes, a spokesman for the Montana Department of Justice.

No citations were issued, and authorities don't suspect alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, Barnes said.

Baier returned to the air Tuesday night. He thanked his audience for their thoughts and prayers and he became teary as he told viewers to count their blessings.

"I had to be here today to show you I'm OK," he said.

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Germans Consider Speed Limit on Autobahn

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 08:31

BERLIN (AP) — A leaked proposal to impose universal speed limits on the Autobahn is causing outrage among car-loving Germans.

The country's transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has said the idea "goes against all common sense." But prominent Green Party lawmaker Cem Ozdemir defended the proposal Tuesday, calling it an "act of reason."

Germany is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't impose speed limits on its beloved Autobahn highways.

The idea — still very much just a notion — would limit speeds on the country's highways to 130 kph (80 mph). Proponents say this would reduce air pollution, help fight climate change and reduce the number of car accidents.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert sought to smooth the waves created by the leaked report, saying Monday that a government-appointed committee examining various proposal isn't finished yet.

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Michigan Medics, Patient, Injured in Rollover

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 08:05

WATERVLIET, Mich. (WDIV) - An ambulance transporting a patient to a health center rolled over in the heavy snowfall that hit communtities across Michigan this weekend. 

On Saturday at around 4:48 p.m. Berrien County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a single vehicle crash, involving a Pride Care Ambulance at I-94 westbound in Watervliet Township.

While on scene, officials learned paramedics from Pride Care Ambulance were transporting a nonpriority patient to Spectrum Lakeland in St. Joseph, when the driver lost control of the ambulance in the snow on the shoulder of the interstate and the vehicle rolled over.  

Medic Andrew Sack, 22, of Battle Creek, sustained lacerations to his head during the rollover. The patient in the ambulance was a 69-year-old woman from Watervliet.

The driver, medic Kyle Robertson, 21, of Bangor, Michigan, reported being shaken up, but did not sustain any injuries.

A second Pride Care Ambulance was dispatched to the scene and transported the original patient and the two medics to Spectrum Lakeland. 

None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. I-94 was closed to westbound traffic about an hour; but has since been reopened. 

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Car Plunges Off California Overpass

JEMS - News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:06

LOUDLABS NEWS - SAN GABRIEL VALLEY - Early Saturday morning, a white sedan flew off an overpass and landed on the WB I-10 Freeway near Del Mar Ave in San Gabriel. Miraculously, no addition vehicles were hit when the car landed in lanes. No other vehicles appear to have been damaged either. 

The two occupants of the white sedan were ejected from the vehicle and sustained critical injuries. They were both rapidly transported to County USC Trauma Center. A sig-alert was issued for a short time because WB lanes were closed for the rescue and investigation.

 

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