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Okay, I'm cursed (Yeah, another wreck, graphic pics inside)

Post by Gunny » Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:17 am

Visited Skippman tonight after one of my first nights of law school.

His house was a leisurely 30 minute drive, yet as soon as I turned from HWY44 onto Grand to make the final drive home, I came upon a wreck (I sense a trend)

I witnessed a white 4 door sedan with a crumpled side make a lazy U turn in the roadway infront of me. After it finished this, I noticed something in the roadway about 800y ahead of me. Turns out, it was the stop light for Russel Dr and Grand's intersection.

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I drove around the light which blocked the right hand lane and parked. I grabbed the only kit I had which was my stretcher bag (am in the process of refilling my main bag) and headed to the wreck. I got there to see this vehicle:

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Surrounded by about 5 guys who were trying to wrench the door open to extract the solo driver who was halfway between her front and back seat (unrestrained). I yelled at them not to touch her. I had nothing on hand to support her so I used my hands/arms to hold her still. She was unconscious but was breathing steadily, and had a solid pulse. She came to right about 2 minutes before the EMT's arrived (amazingly fast response time by the way) so I got to hold her and talk to her to keep her from moving what I am certain is a broken back (she was at a very poor angle and but could still feel her feet thankfully).

She wasn't bleeding severely (minus some typical lacerations) anywhere externally that I was able to witness (though my shirt's ruined).

The second vehicle's passenger was conscious but with two shattered legs. She was also unrestrained. I can't say more about her because I kind of had my hands full.

Here's her car:

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It's beat to hell because she was able to take out a stop light, toss a steel mailbox through a fence (Im guessing it was 30' roughly) and demolish the pictured statue/wall/storefront, though the storefront had some help from my victim's car.

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From what I understand, the white 4door car I saw caused the wreck and fled the scene.

The above pictures were snapped from my blackberry after they had extracted everyone, sorry for the blurry, I was probably a little unsteady. How proper medics/emt's/doctors and similar can do their job without the shakes I'll never know. Massive trauma and panicked bystanders always make me a little jittery.

I'll post a link to the news story tomorrow. For now, I need a shower and something distracting. Wear your fucking seatbelts people.

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Re: Okay, I'm cursed (Yeah, another wreck, graphic pics inside)

Post by donjulio » Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:21 am

Damn, crazy evening but thanks for the story and pics.
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Post by DeltaUpsilon » Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:56 am

Nice post man, but you fail the law school ethics test: You should've asked the victim if she has an attorney on retainer, and if not, get her to agree to retain you for services! 8) Since its your first week we'll let it slide.

OTOH, good work and keeping the victim still while the EMS arrived.
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Post by airballrad » Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:14 am

Good onya, Gunny.

You really are starting to make a habit of this.

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Post by TheFreakinBear » Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:48 am

You texted me this link, it's 4am and Jesus H Christ man - that's nuts. Good job but all I can say is that I would have rather gotten a link telling me I was on probation than this. I really hope neither of them were drinking and driving and that everyone was ok - aside from the lacerations and broken bones of course.
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Post by grand94jeep » Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:59 am

Good Job Gunny. 8) You are the man.

I know what you mean about the jitters and shakes. I'm no where near as trained as you, and I get them (for good reason). I have friends who are Medics who still get them, and they work with guys who are stone cold solid when working. Its amazing how many years of EMS work can steady your hands.
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Post by Mad_Maxx » Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:03 am

Gunny for president! Epic work man, proper hero stuff! :D
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Post by Cyborg » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:59 am

Great work Gunny. Next time I have a car wreck I'll hope you're in the area.

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Post by phorsaken1 » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:07 am

Excellent job Gunny. IMO, the best thing you could have done was to protect the airway and hold c-spine. Even "experienced" fire/ems guys get the shakes on hot calls. We always tell our FNGs to remember that this is NOT our emergency, its our JOB. This seems to help a lot at first. I know I've driven to several working structure fires with jello-legs. The worst part is the sheer exhaustion you feel after the adrenaline dump wears off. Stay safe and keep up the good work.
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Post by Lurch » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:12 am

The next time you're through Oklahoma, let me know you're coming, and I'll stay the hell home! I mean, seriously, does this shit just follow you around, or what? Maybe you should wear a sign or something. :lol:

Oh yeah, nice job on helping out.

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Post by BethDeath » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:44 am

Wow, maybe you should stop with the law school and become an EMT. :D

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Post by iloveash » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:12 am

Welcome to the South Side!!! Grand around 44 up to Arsenal is crazy, I refuse to drive on that stretch if at all possible. In one year I was first on the scene at 8 different wrecks on that stretch (I lived off Grand at the time).

Luckily I moved to an equally as crazy corner, averaging about 8 wrecks a year that have required me running outside with my FAK.....would hate to know how many more when I'm not home.

Good job & be careful, it's crazy out there!!!
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Post by daviddulee » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:15 pm

Great, my dog's vet is right down Grand near there and I have to go there tomorrow to get some heartguard and frontline. Hopefully the trip won't be nearly so eventful when I go.

Good job helping out. I guess people have the impulse to help even when they don't know what to do. Glad you kept them from moving her around and possibly hurting her back even more.

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Post by Molon Labe » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:19 pm

Good to hear that you kept your head Gunny. You keep on with this trend, much longer, and State Services is gonna have to start writing you a check every month.
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Post by HHaase » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:26 pm

I dunno man, I don't think you're cursed. I think that there are some people out there blessed enough that Gunny came around when they really needed it.

You're like the forum version of Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel. When he shows up, you KNOW it's too late to have evacuated already.

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Post by suntzu » Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:59 pm

Gunny, you're supposed to CHASE the ambulances, not get there before them. Sheesh...lawyers.

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Post by Gunny » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:50 pm

BoneDoc wrote:Great work Gunny. Next time I have a car wreck I'll hope you're in the area.

On reflection is there anything you would do differently?
Different? I wish I would've had my C-Collar and another me to work on the other vehicle.

Other than that, I'm not sure what I would've done.

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Post by Towanda » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:14 pm

Good all over you, Gunny. How are you holding up after all that?
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Post by 5.56 Disciple » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:22 pm

Holy shit dude! Good work!

I hope you never have to pull me out of a wreck when I go into town.
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Post by midgetyaz » Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:45 am

Gunny, do you will accidents to happen? Are you lonely?
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Post by Brash » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:13 am

Holy shit, another one? I guess you just seem to be in the right place at the right time to help these people. Good job mate.
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Post by Nexy » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:57 am

I think someone should change your title to "Guardian Angel". Or Guardian Devil, whichever. ;) I hope that if I'm ever fucked in an RTA, someone like you will turn up to keep me alive. I reckon I'll be ok though, from what I've been told, the devil looks after his own, but that gal was blessed to have you turn up to help her.
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Post by Erik » Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:19 pm

What the hell, Gunny? Another one??! The way I figure it, anyone inside Gunny's vehicle is safe. If you're outside Gunny's vehicle and you see Gunny's vehicle, you're doomed.

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Post by thelight » Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:32 pm

Your curse, another's blessing. Good job.
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