[UPDATE: Monday] Bystander Was “a Rock Star” After Major Injury Accident
The woman received major injuries in the collision. A bystander, Erin Edmondson of Eureka immediately rushed to assist the victim.
“She was talking to her,” said Battalion Chief Kent Hulbert of Humboldt Bay Fire referring to the bystander helping the patient. “She straightened her out and opened her airway. She was a rock star.”
Edmondson spoke to us this evening. “I didn’t see the accident. I just saw everyone hit their brakes,” she said. “I ran down and found her hunched over.”
“I work for an oral surgeon,” Edmondson explained, “so I knew how to help.” With the assistance of a man who worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital, she said she “cradled” the injured woman–held her spine steady and “chinned her”–lifted her chin so that the patient would be able to breathe.
According to Chris Emmons, Public Information Officer for Humboldt Bay Fire, the initial report came in for an accident with an extrication.
The first units on scene saw that there was minimal extrication needed, but, due to the distance from the roadway, the full response was continued.
The woman was carried to the ambulance and was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
The volunteers are currently still directing traffic in the area as Hodgson is close from N to Q Street.
“They are doing an investigation,” Hulbert explained.
UPDATE Monday: Channel 3 News is reporting that the driver passed away. Click here for their story.