ROYAL CITY, Washington (STPNS) -- Nobody wants to be in an accident, but if you could choose the time and place to be in one, just down the street from an EMT class would be a good bet.
According to Fire #8 EMT Director Roxanne Cox, an EMT class was interrupted by the call for help at the intersection of 243 and Road 24 SW after an accident last Thursday evening.
“We had seven EMTs on scene in two minutes,” she said, noting that the timing was especially fortunate because the people in the accident had been badly injured. “It was especially good because MedStar (air transport) wasn’t available, so our response time was fabulous,” she said.
The Washington State Patrol said that Rogelio Perez Hernandez, 30, of Royal City, was trying to turn left off of 243 in his Dodge Dakota when he struck Colleen Chamberlin, 47, of Leavenworth, and her passenger, Sean Williams, 18, of Leavenworth. They were driving a 1997 Toyota RAV4. Chamberlin was heading northbound on 243.
All three were injured, Chamberlin the most seriously with multiple broken bones. She was transported to Harborview. Williams suffered a broken left leg and was transported to Yakima Memorial. Hernandez was transported to Quincy, with undisclosed injuries.
The WSP is charging Hernandez with failure to yield, DUI, and two counts of vehicular assault.
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