So the first call of the night was for an auto accident. Most of these just turn out to be, fender benders where there isnt really a whole lot for the FD to do except maybe sweep up some glass and check for leaking fluids. Anyway, the tones dropped calling Engine Company 1 ( Me) and Ambulance 13. If there are reports of people trapped, it would have brought additional units including a medic, and rescue squad. We were about 30 seconds into our response when we got the supplemental of " School Bus VS. SUV. I thought to myself " This cant be good". They also stated the school bus was empty. So that was good news.
We arrived on scene just behind Command 1 . I stepped out and saw quite a bit of debris in the roadway.You could also see where the wheels of the school bus drove right over the hood of the jeep. The school bus was pretty far down the road indicating it took some time for it to stop after the collision. It was obvious, that the SUV ran the stop sign and broadsided the school bus. I walked over to the SUV and immediately saw two patients in the front. They were both bleeding from numerous head lacerations and other injuries. I got in the back behind the passenger and started holding C-Spine ( that basically means holding the head straight until we can get a collar on to prevent any further spinal injuries). She was holding the drivers hand and kept asking if he was OK. I told her he was talking to us. The driver was in much worse shape than the passenger. The airbags in this Jeep Cherokee did not deploy for some reason adding to the severity of the injuries.
To make matters worse, the driver was trapped ( meaning the doors on the drivers side were jammed from the collision) so we would have to extricate the patient using our rescue tools. And of course, it was low overcast, so the helicopter we use to fly severe trauma patients to the hospital could not fly due to safety issues. We removed the passenger and she was on her way to the hospital. The Rescue Engines crew was going to work to get the driver out. I helped stabilize the vehicle so it wouldnt move around while they were cutting the doors off. They succesfully extricated the driver who was transported by ground to the hospital. I hope they both turn out OK after this wreck.