Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team were able to use two UTVs — multipassenger ATVs purchased with the help of community donations — to more quickly reach the victims of a vehicle rollover Sunday morning.
Three Roseville residents in their late 20s had been in a Dodge pickup truck when the vehicle overturned on Fordyce Lake Road, north of Cisco Grove, at about 3:40 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Tim Brown.
Jessica White was driving the 1996 truck and was probably going too fast when she went down a ravine and overturned, Brown said. White reportedly was complaining of neck, head and back pain. One of her passengers, Robert Janis, reportedly sustained a broken leg, and the other, Brad Young, was uninjured.
“They were just out horsing around,” Brown said, adding there was no evidence that alcohol or drug use contributed to the accident.
The Search and Rescue volunteers were called out on mutual aid assistance because of a concern emergency and law enforcement personnel would not make it through on the “treacherous” road, which is often used by four-wheelers, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Sam Brown.
The victims reportedly were in and out of consciousness due to head injuries, he said.
Twenty-two members of the ATV team, ropes team and incident command team responded and set up base at Cisco Grove, Sam Brown said.
“We were able to bring in two teams, with two paramedics, so they could render immediate medical care,” he said. “This is where the donations kick in, that we were able to use the two UTVs to bring in this equipment — they hold six people.”
According to Brown, the UTVs were able to reach the accident scene in about 19 minutes after being deployed in the field.
“It would have taken a good 30 minutes in a vehicle,” he said. “The UTVs made it a lot quicker.”
An ATV team with five ATVs also was dispatched to assist.
When rescue teams arrived, all three victims were out of the vehicle, Brown said. White and Janis were flown by helicopter to a Reno hospital, while Young denied medical care and left with family.
“This was an excellent example of the teamwork of our members to quickly assess the situation, provide the necessary medical assistance until the helicopter crews arrived and package and load the subjects into the waiting helicopters,” Brown said.
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