By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino County Fire District (Information):
Homer, California: A crash involving a semi truck and another overturned semi truck has occurred along eastbound Interstate 40 just east of Mountain Springs Road.
The crash was reported at 5:02 a.m. PT on Monday, February 27th, 2022 of a semi truck overturned with all lanes blocked.
Medical Engine 32 from San Bernardino County Fire Department along with Medical Ambulance 31A are responding to the area located in Homer, California, not Essex, California as the California Highway Patrol is stating which is approximately 13 miles west of the crash.
As of 5:16 a.m. PT, Medical Engine 32 telling Comm-Center to move up Medical Brush Patrol 18 to Station 32 to cover, and contact fire battalion.
As of 5:17 a.m. PT, California Highway Patrol reporting “Hard Closure.”
As of 5:21 a.m. PT, report that a deputy from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is saying one party (person) is trapped under the semi truck by the leg.
As of 5:25 a.m. PT, Comm-Center confirmed to Medical Engine 32 that extrication is needed.
Medical Engine 32 asking an air ambulance, and incident is being labeled “I-40 I.C. (Incident Command).”
As of 5:26 p.m. PT, Medical Brush Patrol 18 and Fire Battalion Chief 137 are responding to the incident.
As of 5:28 a.m. PT, A Toe Truck towing service has been called to the incident with a “Heavy Duty” tow.
As of 5:40 a.m. PT, Comm-Center being told two delayed and one minor extrication, call for an air ambulance to the incident and cancel Medical Brush Patrol 18 and Fire Battalion Chief 137 response.
As of 5:54 a.m. PT, Comm-Center telling I-40 I.C. that Careflight doesn’t have any helicopters available and Native Air is declining, contacting Medical helicopter from Las Vegas, Nevada.
As of 5:57 a.m. PT, I-40 I.C. tells Comm-Center that communication is difficult in the area they’re at, please update on E.T.A. of Mercy Air 7.
As of 6:00 a.m. PT, Comm-Center tells I-40 I.C. that Mercy Air 7 has accepted with an E.T.A. of 40 minutes.
As of 6:07 a.m. PT, I-40 I.C. tells Comm-Center to launch airship, and land at Colorado River Medical Center in Needles.
As of 7:15 a.m. PT, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez is in front of the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles, California where medical helicopters have been called to transport patients related to the crash.
Well in front of the Colorado River Medical Center, a medical helicopter already on the helipad.
Soon after, the medical helicopter takes off and lands in the parking lot area in front of the Emergency Room well a second medical helicopter comes in and lands on the helipad.
Medical staff from Colorado River Medical Center as well as firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire District are blocking Bailey Avenue near the parking lot area were the first medical helicopter landed.
A patient is seen being moved from the front doors at Colorado River Medical Center to the second helicopter.
Soon after, the second helicopter starts up and takes off from the helipad at Colorado River Medical Center to a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As the second helicopter takes off, a second patient is moved into the first medical helicopter as a third medical helicopter lands at the helipad; possibly unrelated to the crash.
Soon after, the first medical helicopter starts up and takes off with the second patient to a hospital in Mohave County, Arizona.
Bailey Avenue was reopened after the medical helicopters took off from the Colorado River Medical Center.
ZachNews has video of the medical helicopters transporting the patients from the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles, California.
As of 7:46 a.m. PT, first medical helicopter has landed at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with a patient.
As of 7:50 a.m. PT, second medical helicopter appears to have went towards Bullhead City, Arizona with the second patient.
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and well wishes to the patients related to the crash.