MVA with Fatality to Concession Employee


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Posted by Ralph on June 11, 2002 at 10:12:47:

Ranger Sally Sprouse and park EMT Jim Roche responded to a report of a
rollover accident with a fatality at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8th.
Ranger Ed Derobertis and ambulance driver Jon Christensen also responded
with the park's rescue unit. The car had gone off the road at a high rate
of speed, rolled two to three times, and ended up on its roof almost 600
feet from the highway. The driver was hanging from his seatbelt and was
found to have succumbed to massive injuries to his head and legs. The
passenger was conscious, but complaining of chest and abdominal pain and
was trapped in the vehicle. Since there's little traffic in the area in the
early morning hours, it's not known how much time elapsed before the
accident was reported. Rescuers moved the driver out of the way and reached
the passenger by entering the vehicle through a window and sliding him out
the door. He was flown to a hospital in Las Vegas. Alcohol and speed
contributed to the accident. Both the driver and passenger were concession
employees. Debris was scattered over the desert, including the car's
battery (45 feet away) and beer cans (over 100 yards away). Personnel from
three park divisions and California Highway Patrol officers worked together
on the response.


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