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Date: March 7, 2022
Information Release – Vehicle Accident
Pagosa Fire Protection District was called to respond to a two-vehicle accident in the 3000 block of Highway 84 at 9:57 p.m. on Sunday, March 6th, 2022. The notification was received through the 911 system managed by Archuleta County Combined Dispatch center.
Upon arrival, the first due officer completed a scene size up noting a two-vehicle accident with both vehicles resting on their wheels. Air bag deployment and significant damage to vehicles with occupants entrapped in both vehicles. The first arriving engine company initiated vehicle stabilization and patient assessment, followed by extrication. Fire personnel conducted door removal and dash roll on first vehicle. The second vehicle required opening of vehicle through a complete roof removal and dash roll.
On-scene fire apparatus provided emergency responder protection by continuing to block traffic lanes while two patients were loaded into awaiting ambulances. Scene conditions required the roadway to be closed to traffic; responder safety is always a high priority on every roadway and shutting down traffic was necessary to provide a safe working environment. PFPD, along with the other responding agencies, appreciates the patience and understanding shown by motorists during the delay.
PFPD responded with two engines, one chief vehicle, five paid personnel and one volunteer. Upper San Juan Hospital District provided patient transport to local medical facility. Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department and Colorado State Patrol units were also on-scene conducting accident investigation.
PFPD was on scene for approx. 2.5 hours.
There are no firefighter injuries to report. The accident is under investigation by law enforcement at this time.
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Submitted by: Pagosa Fire Protection District Public Information Division
Approved: Randy Larson, Fire Chief