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On Friday, August 22nd at 10:20PM, Twentynine Palms firefighters received reports of a traffic accident at the intersection of Highway 62, near Timothy Ave. Initial 911 callers stated that there were possibly people trapped inside of the involved vehicles.
First arriving units found that two vehicles had been involved in, what appeared to be, a head-on collision. Both vehicles sustained major damage and were blocking all four lanes of Highway 62.
After an initial triage of patients, firefighters determined that there were still victims trapped in both vehicles. Crews utilized the “Jaws of Life” to free the trapped occupants and allow for further patient care. Morongo Basin Ambulance transported two patients from the incident, while a third person was taken via air ambulance to a local trauma center.
Twentynine Palms firefighters received mutual aid from the Combat Center Fire Department.
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