UPDATE @ 4: 35 PM – The final patient count is 3 immediate transported by air and 12 delayed patients transported by ground ambulances.
UPDATE @ 4:30 PM – Firefighters requested extra ground ambulances due to six more patients reporting minor injuries.
BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A tractor-trailer on the I-15 crashed through the center divider and into oncoming traffic causing a major crash on Saturday afternoon.
It happened at about 3:00 pm on July 13, 2019, along the northbound I-15 near Baker.
At about 3:00 pm San Bernardino County Firefighters were dispatched to a multi-vehicle traffic collision with extrication.
According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, a tractor-trailer traveling on the southbound I-15 crashed through the center divider and struck multiple vehicles. The semi came to a stop on the right shoulder of the NB side and is blocking the no. 2 lane.
County fire tweeted about the incident and said the sei collided with 4-8 vehicles after crossing the center divider.
One person was ejected and another was trapped inside a white Ford SUV and required extrication, scanner traffic reported.
According to the CHP logs, one of the parties involved in the crash suffered a heart attack.
Firefighters reported a total of seven patients, three immediate and four delayed with non-life threatening injuries.
Three medical helicopters were requested to land at the scene and transport three people with critical injuries to trauma centers.
The crash prompted officials to shut down the northbound side of the I-15.
Victor Valley News Group member Tammy Mohatt was stuck in the traffic and went live in the group. In her video motorists were seen standing outside their vehicles and chatting with each other about the incident.
“It’s 113 degrees out here right now … my phone overheated,” stated Tammy during her live broadcast.
The official cause of the accident is under investigation by CHP.
Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.