Times Colonist

Crash-scene helpers warned of health risk

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REGINA — RCMP are advising Good Samaritans who helped out at an accident scene near Regina over the weekend to seek medical attention because of a potential exposure to a serious, “blood-borne” health risk.

RCMP were called to a single-vehicle rollover near Lumsden, Sask., about 40 kilometres northwest of Regina, on Saturday.

Police say a vehicle — allegedly stolen from Saskatoon — entered the median and rolled into the oncoming traffic lanes. The male driver was wearing a seatbelt, but the female passenger was not and was ejected from the vehicle.

RCMP say numerous individual­s helped out by providing first aid at the scene.

Police were asking anyone who had contact with the injured people to contact or visit their nearest hospital emergency department immediatel­y to be medically assessed.

Police “felt it was important for individual­s that actually assisted at the scene to be notified and to have an assessment done,” RCMP Sgt. Carole Raymond said.

While police were not elaboratin­g on the specific risk, Raymond said it was “blood-borne, and so therefore the (general) public is not at risk.”

“You would have had to have direct contact, so that’s important to know,” she said. “No one else is at risk other than the individual­s who actually attended to these two, and then it will depend on the exposure they had with them.

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