First responders recall deadly bus crash near Bernalillo
August 09, 2018 05:57 AM
SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. - The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office released new video on Wednesday that shows what happened the minutes before a charter bus traveling from Denver crashed on the I-25 on July 15.
As KOB previously reported, three people were killed and dozens were taken to the hospital following the accident.
The video shows the bus driver screaming then swerving while trying to avoid another vehicle.
Multiple agencies, including the Sandoval County Fire Department, responded to the five-vehicle crash.
“We have a lot of training for fire and EMS but our job is very unusual. There’s always a first for everything,” said Shannon Farrell, a firefighter, and paramedic with SCFD.
“And so this was one of those things, this was the first time that we went to a MCI on that scale,” she said.
Farrell has more than 20 years of experience has a first responder but was still shocked by the size of the incident.
She said, “You do your best and you get out there and to the job that you were trained (to do) as best as you can but nothing can train you for something so massive as this.”
Assisting Farrell on the scene was first-year firefighter Amanda Campos.
Campos previously worked as a volunteer firefighter and said, “When we go through all of our EMS stuff, we do MCI training, but it’s so minimal. It would be you as an EMT with 10 patients.”
According to Campos, several agencies responded to the scene including state police, Albuquerque Fire Rescue, and the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office.
Campos told KOB4 that a sergeant with the SCSO applied a tourniquet to a woman which helped save her life.
She said, “I couldn’t imagine anything like this happening in my first year but I feel like the training I did have prepare me.”
Olga Hernandes de Grajeda, 58, Maria Delosangeles Almanza, 65, and Maria Doleres Orrantia Camacho, 70, were killed during the incident.
No charges have been filed. However, a full report should be released next month, according to the sheriff’s department.
Created: August 09, 2018 05:57 AM
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