VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — One person was airlifted to a trauma center following a rollover crash Sunday afternoon in Victorville.
At about 2:08 pm, on August 26, 2018, firefighters with San Bernardino County Fire and American Medical Response (AMR) were dispatched to the area of Hopland Street and Amethyst Road. Medic Engine 312 arrived on scene within 6 minutes of dispatch and located a single vehicle off the roadway with major damage.
San Bernardino County Fire Captain Jeff Allen said, one occupant was still in the vehicle with serious injuries and a second occupant was outside the vehicle with minor injuries.
Helicopter H325 was requested and landed near the scene to airlift the critically injured passenger to an out of area trauma center. The driver of the vehicle was transported via AMR ambulance to Victor Valley Global Medical Center.
“The goal with any victim of a major trauma is to have them transported to the trauma center as quickly as possible. In this case, the patient arrived at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center via Helicopter 325 in 38 minutes. We strive for a patient to arrive at a trauma center within 60 minutes from time of injury so 38 minutes from Helicopter dispatch time to arrival at ARMC with the patient is efficient” stated Allen.
According to Allen, seatbelts without a doubt appeared to have decreased the severity of injuries to both occupants. “Seatbelts save lives. As we approach the Labor Day weekend and you travel to your destinations please buckle up!”
H325 is a public/private partnership staffed with a pilot from Reach Air Medical and a County Fire Flight Nurse and Paramedic.
The official cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Victorville Police station.