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Traffic crash near 5801 Salmon River Highway

1:15pm  Report of a traffic crash on Highway 18 near 5801 Salmon River Highway.  Sounds like a power pole has been hit – wires are dangling,  Condition of the driver unknown.

1:22pm  Arriving emergency responders confirm there are wires down across the highway.  Crash victim is still in his car. 

1:23pm  Traffic is pushing through across the downed wires.  Very dangerous.  Driver is trapped in his vehicle.  Live power lines are resting on his car.

1:26pm  Emergency responders are shutting down Highway 18.

1:30pm   Power company truck has just arrived. 

1:30pm   Medical personnel are trying to get a medical helicopter on scene.  Weather is cloudy.

1:40pm   Life Flight has been told they’re not necessary.  Driver suffered a back injury – unknown how bad. He’s reportedly talking with rescuers.  He’s still stuck in his car with wires hanging over his vehicle.

1:55pm  Decision has been made to transport car’s driver to a local hospital.  No air ambulance required.

2:05pm   Authorities have re-opened Highway 18 to normal traffic.

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