KRAMER JUNCTION – A collision involving a charter bus and two passenger vehicles injured dozens and killed one on Monday afternoon San Bernardino County Fire officials said. The collision on Highway 58, east of Highway 395 near Kramer Junction was reported at around 12:00 p.m. A charter bus being involved in the collision resulted in a MCI mass casualty incident response which included six engines, one patrol, fourteen ambulances, and three chief officers.
When firefighters arrived they located the charter bus and the two vehicles all off of the roadway on the north side of Highway 58. County Fire officials said that all three vehicles appeared to have rolled over at least once. “With the first priority of triaging the victims to get an accurate patient count, firefighters ultimately determined that nine patients were classified as Immediate, or having life-threatening injuries; seventeen patients were Delayed, suffering from non-life threatening injuries, and one patient was deceased,” said San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin in the news release.
Firefighters extricated a trapped victim from a vehicle, while others began treating and stabilizing patients. Due to the weather conditions between the collision and the hospital, twenty-six patients were transported to four different hospitals by ground ambulance. Highway 58 was temporarily closed in the area for patient care and transport.
California Highway Patrol responded to conduct a MAIT investigation. Kern County Fire Department, Marine Corps Logistics Base Fire, Naval Weapons Center – China Lake Fire Department, as well as the National Training Center – Fort Irwin also responded to the scene to assist.
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