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Two hurt in chain-reaction crash on I-80

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From page A6 | October 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

Two people were hospitalized Tuesday following a six-car collision on eastbound Interstate 80 in Davis.

California Highway Patrol Officer Cindy Leal said the 3:45 p.m. crash occurred when the driver of a Cadillac Deville rear-ended a Toyota Camry west of Mace Boulevard, triggering a chain-reaction collision involving four more vehicles.

All six vehicles sustained moderate to major damage, and the Davis Fire Department reported that two people were transported to area hospitals with unspecified injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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  • Rich RifkinOctober 17, 2013 - 5:01 pm

    This freeway accident was a very good test of Davis City Councilman Lucas Frerich's (illogical) claim that with 3 men on each fire truck, people in this sort of freeway accident would be worse off. In fact, it proved Frerichs was entirely wrong. As I said at the time, he seemed to be saying nonsense in order to please the fire union, likely for a future run at higher office. ..... For the I-80 crash, dispatch was able to send one engine (E33 from South Davis), one rescue truck (R31 from Central Davis), one non-emergency vehicle (BC31 from Central) and three AMR ambulances, two of which seem to have come from W. Sacramento. Not counting the ambulance personnel, at least six Davis fire personnel were on scene (3 from the engine, two from the rescue truck and one from the other vehicle). If we had stuck with the old formula, there would have been at least one less, and the response time would have no faster. Why? Because only one minute earlier, Engine 31 and Ambulance 1 were dispatched to a medical emergency on Bucknell Drive (near Sycamore Lane). In prior days--as the Davis fire union preferred--E31 (2 people) and R31 (2 people) would have been on the Bucknell call, and thus E33 (with 4 people) would been the only engine company to have responded to the I-80 crash. In other words, Lucas's desire (incredible as it was) to have more men on scene would have resulted in fewer, 4 instead of 5. ....... In another perfect example of why the reforms, prompted by Chief Kenley and CM Steve Pinkerton and led by Mayor Joe Krovoza, have improved emergency response in Davis (no thanks to the fire union), there was yet another auto accident--this one at 4th and J Street--just 4 minutes after the I-80 crash. E31 was on Bucknell. R31 and BC31 were on I-80. But the UC Davis engine (E34) and UCD truck (TR34) were permitted to be the first responders for the 4th and J accident, thanks to our having dropped the UCD-City boundary. ........ Bottom line: We are all much better served in Davis for having changed from a 4-4-4 staffing model; and for having dropped the boundary.

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  • alfOctober 18, 2013 - 5:33 am

    Interesting information and analysis. Where do you access this info?

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