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NEWS RELEASE 11/6/11: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Pin-In Traffic Accident


November 6, 2011

3:04 PM


This morning at 11:23 am Portland Firefighters were dispatched to a two car motor vehicle accident. On arrival Firefighters found five patients in need of care. Incident commanders immediately called for more resources while firefighters began caring for the injured.

The two involved vehicles were a pickup with 4 patients (an adult and three children) and a minivan with one patient (an adult). One of the children in the pickup was ejected from the vehicle but was reportedly conscious when firefighters arrived. The driver of the minivan was pinned in and had to be extricated using the "Jaws of Life".

The four patients from the pickup were transported to Emanuel and the driver of the minivan was transported to OHSU. The patients had injuries of varying severity but all were Trauma System* entries.

Portland Police are investigating this accident and any questions pertaining to the investigation (cause, fault, seat-belt use, speeds etc.) should be referred to the Portland Police Bureau.

* Entry into the Trauma System is reserved for patients with very serious or potentially serious traumatic injury. With Entry into the Trauma System in the Portland Metro Area patients are transported to OHSU or Emanuel (Oregon's two Level 1 Trauma Centers), where they are assessed and treated by a Trauma Team.

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November 6, 2011

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