Several Injured in Car accident


Posted Thu, Nov 14, 2013

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Police and Station 8 firefighters work to clear wreckage from the intersection of Park Avenue and Welton. [Photo by Robert Crew]

DENVER—At least four people were injured in a car accident on Park Avenue and Welton on Nov. 7, 2013 around 2:20 p.m, after a woman driving a black Jeep ran a red light at an estimated 60 miles an hour, said firefighter James Esparza.

Her car hit a semi, ripping off the driver’s side door of the jeep. Two other cars were involved in the accident, including a Nissan Xterra. There were injuries in all the cars involved in the accident and four people were rushed to the hospital.

Four fire trucks and several ambulances and police officers rushed to the scene. “It’s controlled chaos,” said Mike Kimsey, a Lieutenant firefighter at Station 8, describing the swarm of rescuers. “We all work together and try to divide up the work. We make sure that the people are ok, and that the hazards are mitigated.”

Two people were trapped inside of the Nissan Xterra and firemen had to cut open the entire left side of the car to get them out. The woman in the jeep was badly injured. Her head hit the windshield, and you could see a chunk of hair sticking in the broken glass. Firemen and paramedics worked quickly to get her out of the car and into the ambulance.

She suffered a tibia fibula fracture. “Her right leg was just destroyed,” said firefighter Brad Nerger. She will need surgery.”

“It changes your day right away,” Esparza said. “One second you are cleaning the floors, the next something like this happens. This is what we go through.”

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