LUDLOW, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Two people were airlifted to trauma centers and several others were injured after a rollover crash along Interstate 40 Labor Day Monday.
It happened at about 3:20 pm, on the westbound I-40 at mile marker 64, approximately 14 miles east of Ludlow, CA.
Officers with the California Highway Patrol and firefighters with San Bernardino County Fire and Barstow Marine Corps Logistic Base were dispatched to reports of a single-vehicle rollover crash with as many as 8 people injured and one occupant trapped.
This is a very remote area of San Bernardino County and Paramedics in fire engines and ambulances to this location can be upwards of a 1 hour response time,” stated San Bernardino County Fire Captain Jeff Allen.
According to Allen, based on reports of serious injuries the responding county fire battalion chief launched County Fire’s Helicopter 325 three minutes after the initial dispatch.
H325 arrived on scene prior to any ground units and was able to triage the patients and initiate advanced life support for the most seriously injured patients stated Allen.
It was determined there was a total of six injured occupants which included two immediate, two delayed, and two minor injuries. A second helicopter was also requested to respond to the scene as one of the delayed patients was upgraded to an immediate.
H325 airlifted one of the two critically injured patients to Desert Regional Palm Springs and the second was flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center via Mercy Air 2 helicopter. The remaining patients were transported by Desert Ambulance and a Marine Core Logistic Base (MCLB) MA401 ambulances to Barstow Community Hospital.
The cause of the crash remains under by the California Highway Patrol.