One person is dead after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 199 near Kerby
Oregon State Police is investigating the crash that backed up traffic for miles.
NewsWatch 12's Eliana Sheriff finds out how firefighters worked together to respond to the victims.
Posted: Thu Feb 08 23:14:50 PST 2018
Updated: Thu Feb 08 23:14:50 PST 2018
Posted By: Eliana Sheriff
Speech to Text for Multi-Vehicle Crash On Hwy. 199 Leaves One Dead
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[a14]news open-sot an eliana sheriff says, "these are the jaws of life that you often hear us talking about in stories and firefighters tell me they road required assistance from several agencies, including the illinois valley fire district, rural metro, amr, osp, and odot. ben nehf says, "we heard the call tone out, we ended up parter, we upgraded to code 3, arrived on scene, and helped to extricate the more critical patient we found." he says that extrication took about 25 minutes and that patient was life flighted to the hospital. the illinois valley fire district says three cars were involved and there were multiple injuries. "high energy impact lots of damage to both vehicles, we needed to remove a door." however the accident shut down 199 temporarily-- causing quite a delay for drivers "were late for church and piano lessons." "how long have you been waiting?" "about 15 minutes but there's a lot of traffic on this road." that 15 minutes turned into "45 minutes." so many drivers decided to put their cars in park and "standing out here and moving my legs." everyone i spoke to was headed for the coast "crescent city." "how much is this delaying you?" "quite a lot, i'm supposed to go pick up a load." however because traffic was backed up for miles many didnt know what was ahead. rural metro says they need to take their time in these situations-- and can't risk having traffic as a danger to their life saving efforts "there's a lot going on and the scene is dynamic and we don't know if we need to tie the car back across the road, and it is for the general safety of firefighters. we don't need cars going across the road when we're dealing with something as delicate as an extrication." the cause of the crash is under investigation by the oregon state police. in kerby eliana sheriff newswatch 12. a woman is facing several charges after police say she was driving