Breaking News!!: Kramer Junction, CA: Bus crash kills a person and injures dozens of people.
According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Eric Sherwin, shortly after 12:00pm, firefighters responded to a traffic collision with injuries on Highway 58 east of Highway 395 near Kramer Junction, California.
Callers advised that the accident involved a bus and 2 other vehicles.
Firefighters arrived on scene to discover a charter bus and two passenger vehicles off the roadway on the north side of Highway 58.
All 3 vehicles appeared to have rolled over at least once.
With the first priority of triaging the victims to get an accurate patient count, firefighters ultimately determined that 9 patients were classified as “Immediate”, or having life threatening injuries; 16 patients were “Delayed”, suffering from non-life threatening injuries, and a patient was deceased.
ZachNews has received a picture (Pictured Above) from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 showing the aftermath of the crash.
As additional units arrived on scene, firefighters were able to extricate one trapped victim from a vehicle and begin treating and stabilizing the patients.
Due to the remote area, critical patients are typically transported via helicopter to regional trauma centers, however weather between the scene and the hospitals prevented helicopter transport.
As a result, additional ground ambulances were dispatched.
Ultimately, 26 patients were transported to 4 different hospitals.
Highway 58 east of Highway 395 was closed during the patient care and transport phase.
The highway is now open to one lane with alternating traffic.
At least 6 engines, a patrol, 14 ambulances, and 3 chief officers were assigned to the incident.
San Bernardino County Fire Department received assistance from Kern County Fire Department, Marine Corps Logistics Base Fire, Naval Weapons Center – China Lake Fire Department, as well as the National Training Center – Fort Irwin.
California Highway Patrol’s MAIT unit remains on scene for their investigation.
San Bernardino County Fire dispatches a “1st Alarm” mass casualty incident (MCI) to all incidents involving buses.
This begins moving resources into the area should the bus be occupied or injuries present.
In this case, the call was balanced to a 2nd-alarm MCI to bring additional manpower to the scene.
**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the tragic crash in Kramer Junction, California. ****
ZachNews also had received a picture (Pictured Above) from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 showing a jacket that was found next to the wreaked cars which had the writing, “Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Team Needles”.
ZachNews contacted the California Highway Patrol regarding the jacket, but was told that the investigation is still ongoing and wanted to see the picture so they can check if the jacket had any connection to the crash.
ZachNews contacted by phone Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway as well as visited the local Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway building in Downtown Needles, California to find out any information regarding the jacket, but got no answers.
** Update!!: **
Just moments ago, ZachNews has received some good news from K Charles Anderson and Shawna Covey that the “Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Team Needles” jacket was left by a railroaded, who was deadheading home from Bakersfield, California, and who stopped to help.
ZachNews has also learned from Shawna Covey that there was a couple Burlington Northern Santa Fe employees along with her husband that were there to help.
Shawna Covey tells ZachNews that, “My friends husband who’s jacket that was is. They live in Mohave Valley”.
**** ZachNews sends a big thanks to the Good Samaritans who came to the aid of the victims in the tragic crash in Kramer Junction, California. ****
** Pictures from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **