Five people were transported to an area hospital by ground ambulance after a two-vehicle accident on Saturday night. Emergency crews were dispatched at 8:05 p.m. to southbound U.S. Highway 287 at Cleaver Road.
“A vehicle was traveling on the frontage road to southbound 287 Bypass from Cleaver. The vehicle failed to make a right turn into the designated Lane used to increase speed to go south. Instead, the vehicle went straight and cross over into the south bound lanes of 287 getting T boned by another vehicle going south,” stated Officer Abe Partington with the Waxahachie Police Department. “The driver of the vehicle at fault was incapacitated, in and out of consciousness. Three people in the other vehicle, plus a 5-month-old baby, were transported to the hospital.”
Partington said ambulances arrived quickly, but more were needed because of so many people needing transport. Ten to 15 minutes later another couple ambulances arrived and everyone was transported.
The call presented several difficulties for firefighters from a logistical standpoint, said Battalion Chief Don Alexander, Waxahachie Fire Department.
“We had challenges. CareFlite had a lot of calls throughout the county that had hit all at one time. We initially had one ambulance respond. Then they were trying to get other ambulances to me,” Alexander said. “I actually called for mutual aid from Midlothian and we also had (CareFlite) air launched to get some EMS on scene.”
Alexander added that before the mutual aid arrived three ambulances responded from other areas that CareFlite. Both CareFlite's helicopter and Midlothian Fire Department’s ambulance were disregarded before arriving.
When crews arrived on scene all the occupants were able to get out on their own. The southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 287 were completely shutdown for about 10-15 minutes to ensure the safety of the occupants and emergency crews working the scene. One southbound lane was then reopened. The northbound lane of traffic remained opened throughout the call. Alexander said there were also some communication issues on the call between firefighters and CareFlite.
Alexander said with the issues that came up there was no delay in transport and patient care was not affected. The five people were transported by ground ambulance to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center at Waxahachie.
Members of the Waxahachie Police Department provided traffic control during the call. Firefighters remained on scene for about 45 minutes before returning to the station.
Daily Light photojournalist Scott Dorsett contributed to this report.
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