A father and son were seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the truck they were in collided with a Semi Truck on Interstate 15. Just after 3:30 p.m., Mesquite Fire Rescue was dispatched to Interstate 15 milemarker 112 for a reported pick up truck that had rolled over with a semi truck involved. Units arriving found the full size dually pickup truck in the left travel lane with severe frontal damage as well as the passenger side of the truck had been ripped off.
After the initial impact, the passengers legs were pinned under the dash board causing him great discomfort. Bystanders, including an off duty North Las Vegas Police Officer, an EMT, and railroad maintenance workers, utilized a heavy utility truck and a tow rope to pull the dash off of the seriously injured passenger. They were also extremely helpful talking with both patients until enough responders were able to make it to the scene through the significant traffic backup.
Both the driver and the passenger suffered serious injuries in the collision. The passenger was flown directly from the scene by Mercy Air Helicopter to UMC Trauma in Las Vegas. The driver was transported to I-15 mm 93 by Mesquite Fire Rescue where he was placed on a second Mercy Air Helicopter and also transported to to UMC Trauma. The highway was shut down for a period of time to allow Mercy Air to land at the scene. Traffic was reopened shortly after the helicopter left the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.
Responding Units: Rescue-31, Rescue-11, Engine-11, Battalion 3, Mercy Air 11, Mercy Air 7, NHP.