Eight first responders injured and one killed while assisting at accident scene

It happened on rain-slickened Interstate 5 in Southern California Saturday morning

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(Above: photo by LA County FD)
Eight first responders were injured and one was killed in Southern California Saturday morning while they were assisting at the scene of a vehicle rollover on Interstate 5. The person killed was a member of the Ventura County search-and-rescue team.

Below is an excerpt from the LA Times published at 10:50 a.m local time on Saturday:

Los Angeles County firefighters were assisting the sheriff’s department with the rollover crash that left first responders “severely” injured. Three of those hurt in the were members of the Fillmore search-and-rescue team, the sheriff’s department said.

The group was on its way to Mt. Pinos for a training exercise when they saw a crash on the freeway and stopped to help, the sheriff’s department said.

“While they were assisting people, a vehicle plowed into the scene,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow said.

The Fillmore Mountain Search and Rescue Team is composed of a group of “highly skilled volunteers” who respond to wilderness emergencies in Ventura County, Buschow said.

Our sincere condolences go out to the families, coworkers, and friends of the victims.

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Photo by Los Angeles County Fire Department, February 2, 2019.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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