Woman injured in motorcycle accident
Tri-Valley EMS responded to a report of an injury accident on Interstate 8 on Thursday, in which paramedics treated a woman who fell of the back of the motorcycle she was riding on as a passenger.
According to Tri-Valley Emergency Medical Services Chief Barry Adams, the accident happened at about 12:26 p.m. near milepost 62, with a paramedic from Tri-Valley, who is stationed in Dateland, being the first first-responder on scene.
Once on scene, the Tri-Valley paramedic immediately began to provide emergency medical care to the patient, as well as advising other units that were responding to the scene. An engine from the Tacna Fire Department also responded from the Dateland area in order to assist with manpower needs.
Adams said the Tri-Valley paramedic determined that the patient, a 26-year-old female, had sustained traumatic injuries severe enough to warrant being airlifted to a Phoenix-area Trauma Center. A helicopter was requested and TriState CareFlight sent one to the scene.
At that time, a paramedic ambulance from Tri-Valley EMS arrived on scene to assist with further care of the patient as well as transfer of the patient to the helicopter.
Adams said eastbound Interstate 8 was momentarily shut down by units of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, and the United States Border Patrol while the patient was transferred into the CareFlight helicopter.
CareFlight transported the patient directly to St. Joseph's/Barrow's Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
Adams said initial reports indicate that the female may have suffered a medical complication and fell off of the back of the motorcycle on which she was a rear seat passenger. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is handling the investigation.