Tuesday, July 31, 2007

CA-BTU-Wicks IC - Bridge collpase with entrapment

UPDATE: BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -- Driver trapped inside for about three hours rescued.

  • Driver Robert Sylvester, 45, of Chico, was listed in good condition at Enloe Medical Center in Chico as of early afternoon.
  • Authorities said a construction worker was on top of the false work at the time of the collapse. He "surfed" the steel 50 feet down to the ground and was injured. The man, identified as 39-year-old Jeff Doll, was hospitalized and listed in fair condition
  • In addition, a woman suffered leg injuries when the car she was driving smashed into the back of a Caltrans truck just south of the bridge collapse. The woman was identified as 29-year-old Carrie Underwood

Meanwhile, officials from the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the scene looking into the cause of the accident.

KNBC story

Bridge collpase with entrapment
Bridge collpase with entrapment

Wicks IC

Location: North of Oroville Highway 149 Wick's Corner. (New Overpass)
Per California Highway Patrol incident was reported at about 7:18 a.m.


Update: Remaining span of the bridge unstable. Confirmed multiple vehicles
underneath the collapsed structure. -0735

Full collapse of highest span; scene very unstable; one vehicle with patient
under rubble; other patients have been extricated and are en route to

Continuing on stabilizing site; rescuer with patient that is trapped;
patient is stable. Flight Care is available at scene due to time involved
in extrication.

Per KCRA, One patient
transported to Oroville with what were being described as Serious
injuries, and one patient left inside of a FedEx truck.

FedEx driver is alert and talking with rescuers at this time.
Victim has been extricated; Cancelled request for a
surgeon, Code 3.

News interview with
one of the crew confirms that amputation was an option to get him out as his
vitals were declining rapidly.

He's on his way to Enloe with severe lower limb injuries.

70 north and south are open; 99 was closed at 169 because of the extremely
heavy traffic, not sure if now open.

Incident being worked concurrent with nearby vegetation fire, and vehicular accident involving Cal Trans vehicle.


Bridge Collapses In Butte County

Delivery Truck Crushed; Driver Trapped Inside

Support beams for a bridge project along Highway 170 north of Oroville collapsed Tuesday morning, crushing a FedEx truck and trapping the driver inside.The bridge is being built along a stretch of highway at the junction of Highway 149.The California Highway Patrol said incident was reported at about 7:18 a.m.

The California Department of Transportation said some steel false work used to support the project fell down on the road below, trapping the delivery truck.The driver of the truck was alive and was seen talking to rescue workers. As of 9:30 a.m., dozens of rescuers were at the scene, with many climbing up on the truck in an attempt to help the driver.Officials said each of the steel beams sitting on the truck weighs several thousand pounds.Authorities said a construction worker was on top of the false work at the time of the collapse. He rode the steel down to the ground and was injured, but officials said he will likely survive.A secondary crash involving a Caltrans truck took place a short distance south of the bridge collapse. It was not clear if anyone was injured in that incident.

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