Claims at Least One Life

on National Trails Highway

Courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire


SUMMARY: January 25, 2015, 11:41 P.M., the San Bernardino County Fire Department Communications Center received emergency calls reporting a multiple-vehicle traffic collision.

After San Bernardino County Firefighters were already responding to the scene, additional reports updated Firefighters that people were trapped and in critical condition. Based upon the updated information, additional fire department units were dispatched to the scene.  Upon arrival, crews found two vehicles, one small compact car and one full-sized pickup truck with major damage and at least three people trapped. Firefighters began Paramedic Treatment and extricating the trapped victims using the Jaws of Life simultaneously. 

Additional ambulances from American Medical Response (AMR) as well as Medical Helicopters were requested for transport of the injured. A total of four people were injured; one child and one adult were taken by ambulance to the hospital, one adult was deceased at the scene and another adult declined treatment.

The victims were transported to Loma Linda Trauma Center by ground ambulance as the stormy weather made the use of helicopters assistance, impossible.

San Bernardino County Fire responded with two Paramedic Fire Engines, one Paramedic Fire Truck, one Paramedic Brush Patrol, and one Battalion Chief. AMR responded with three ambulances, and the California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies were on the scene investigating the cause of the accident and controlling traffic. The California Highway Patrol closed the roadway during the incident and accident investigation.