MULTI-VICTIM TRAFFIC COLLISION:

On Thursday, November 25, 1999, at 5:06 PM, nine Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters and nine LAFD Rescue Ambulances under the command of Assistant Chief Gary Seidel responded to a Multi-Victim Traffic Collision at the intersection of Main Street and Alameda Street in the Chinatown area. The first units to arrive on scene reported a three-vehicle collision involving several pedestrians. As additional resources arrived on scene, a total of eleven persons were identified as being in need of medical assessment. LAFD personnel performed triage and rendered treatment as necessary, ultimately identifying 7 persons in need of definitive hospital care. Four of the seven were categorized as “critical” and the remaining three were described as having lesser injuries. Those critically injured included the adult male driver of a white compact sedan as well as an adult female passenger in a Volvo. Both of these victims were quickly disentangled from their badly damaged vehicles by Firefighters using hydraulic rescue tools. The two remaining critical patients were identified only as “pedestrians”. Receiving hospitals included the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, Alhambra Community Hospital and Hospital of the Good Samaritan. There were no Firefighter injuries. This incident is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.