First Responders Get Help

For the first responders in Monday’s terrible three-car accident, the trauma of what they saw is sometimes tough to handle. The City of Bishop brought in a counseling team from San Bernardino to help.wreck-2

City Administrator Rick Pucci said that about 60 first responders, including all fire departments, law enforcement, hospital workers and ambulance crews attended earlier this week. Pucci pointed out that many can be impacted – from dispatcher to on-the-ground responders.

In this accident the fiery explosion after two cars collided created a gruesome scene – with several severely burned and in one case, a person on fire dying in front of a Sheriff’s deputy.

Meanwhile, to those who have questioned the actual number who died in the wreck, CHP Assistant Chief Steve Webb confirmed today the number remains three – two teenaged girls in the SUV that rolled across the highway and hit the Cal Baptist University van and the driver of that van.

Assistant Chief Webb said that at last report, five of the injured remained hospitalized. One of the passengers of the SUV, Drew Dellis, was transferred from a Bakersfield hospital to the UC San Diego Burn Center for surgery.

Webb said that the CHP MAIT team, Major Accident Investigation team, continues to interview victims, those who can talk to them, to determine what exactly happened to cause the horrible crash.

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