High­way 748 mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­ci­dent in Yel­low­head County

The McLeod River Post - - Viewpoint - Spe­cial to the Post

On Mon­day, De­cem­ber 12, 2016, at ap­prox­i­mately 4:00 PM Yel­low­head County Fire Depart­ment emer­gency re­spon­ders at­tended to a mo­tor ve­hi­cle crash in­volv­ing a lo­cal school bus and a pick-up truck.

A mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­ci­dent be­tween a school bus and a pick-up truck oc­curred on High­way 748 ex­actly 800 me­ters east of the Tom Hill Tower Road and High­way 748 in­ter­sec­tion on De­cem­ber 12, 2016.

A 911 call was never placed to or re­ceived by the Yel­low­head Re­gional Emer­gency Call Cen­tre.

RCMP re­ceived a call on their non-emer­gency line about the in­ci­dent from some­one on the scene ap­prox­i­mately 30 min­utes fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent de­lay­ing the time un­til RCMP were able to call in ad­di­tional emer­gency re­spon­ders needed to as­sist with the in­ci­dent.

Yel­low­head County Fire Depart­ment (YCFD) ser­vices re­sponded to this in­ci­dent after a call was re­ceived from the Ed­son RCMP. YCFD units where en route 90 sec­onds after re­ceiv­ing the call from the RCMP as mem­bers of the YCFD day-crew was in Sta­tion 12 at that time.

YCFD was in­volved in on-scene as­sess­ment, as­sist­ing pas­sen­gers, and as­sist­ing in the road clo­sure and traf­fic con­trol. High­way 748 was tem­po­rar­ily closed un­til one lane was opened al­low­ing al­ter­nat­ing traf­fic to con­tinue along the high­way past the in­ci­dent.

YCFD per­son­nel re­mained on scene un­til the in­ci­dent was cleared and deemed safe for ev­ery­one on-scene and lo­cal traf­fic.

Yel­low­head County Coun­cil is re­quest­ing a for­mal in­quiry into the in­ci­dent in re­gards to how emer­gency ser­vices were con­tacted, de­ployed, as well as the re­sponse they re­ceived by those al­ready on scene. Yel­low­head County Coun­cil is con­cerned that the 911 call cen­tre was cir­cum­vented and that this was the cause for a de­layed re­sponse by the ap­pro­pri­ate emer­gency ser­vices.

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