On May 9, 2015 at 3:52 PM, Pinion Pine firefighters received an alarm for a motorcycle down near mile post 88 (Willow Creek) on Interstate 40 westbound. While responding, additional information was received that the patient had suffered some sort of leg trauma and that a bystander had placed a tourniquet on the patient. Careflight was notified and placed on standby at this time. Once the first arriving DPS officer arrived on scene and made patient contact, he determined the helicopter would be activated to the scene. Engine 523 and AMR arrived on scene, finding the rider lying in the slow lane. It was noticed the patient had received significant trauma to their left leg. That patient was placed in full C-Spine and assessment began. Careflight arrived on scene and flight crew began managing the injury while the patient was packaged for flight.
The patient was flown to Flagstaff, Az. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and is being investigated by the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol. The patient did say they struck the end cap of a guardrail with their lower leg and was ejected from the bike. Traffic was reduced to one lane for roughly 2 hours while crews worked and the scene was cleared. Interstate 40 was closed briefly twice while the helicopter landed and lifted off.
Article and Photo by Captain Ron Hood