Orange Line MTA Bus Collides With Truck, 17 Injured

Monday, October 23, 2006 |

On Monday, October 23, 2006 at 3:45 PM, five Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, eight LAFD Rescue Ambulances, two EMS Battalion Captains, two Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, and one Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief Tim Manning responded to a Orange Line Collision at Woodman Ave. and Oxnard St. in South Van Nuys.

Firefighters arrived at the intersection to find an Orange Line Metro Bus which had collided with a large delivery type truck. Firefighters and Paramedics immediately began triaging the patients to determine the severity of their injuries.

Treatment areas were established to designate those patients needing various levels of medical care. In all, seventeen patients were triaged and treated at the scene. Of those treated, thirteen were transported to area hospitals. Fortunately, only one patient suffered serious injuries and twelve others were transported with only minor injuries.

All patients transported appeared to have been riding on the bus. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

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Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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Bob Beecher said...

As a CERT member, I know the triage catagories: Immediate, Delayed, Minor, and Decesased. But, when dealing with the media, how do you equate these to more "public-friendly" terms? I see in the Incident Report the terms "serious" and "minor", but I have also heard "moderate injuries" at other times, too.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Bob Beecher, Thanks for the great question. The terminology we use to describe things carries an enormous amount of power. While the nomenclature used by the professional carries a meaning specific to that profession, it sometimes does not adequately describe the event in common language. What exactly is a"Par" or Birdie" or "Eagle"? Only a golfer knows for sure.....

As public speakers, we try to use terms familiar to the profession when describing specific equipment or procedures. Likewise, we attempt to assess the incident information and report the facts in a way that imparts the most accurate, visual description possible. Our primary concerns are to ensure the accuracy and honesty behind any message we give.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Ron Myers
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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