How to Respond at Crash Scenes

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COON VALLEY, Wis. (WXOW) – Two head-on collisions occurred in less than one week and emergency response officials want bystanders to be prepared.

If you arrive on the scene of an accident call 911 as soon as you can. There’s no such thing as too much information when it comes to these life and death situations.

Law enforcement always parks on the side of the rode that the accident occurred. The Wednesday Vernon County head-on crash happened on the westbound lane so law enforcement parked there, and that’s where they would like bystanders to park as well.

“Always park in a safe direction,” Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Jason Crume said. “Any time we go to emergency or traffic crashes, our number one priority is making sure we don’t create another accident. So we want to make sure that we’re visible and we’re not standing in the highway because this is a highway that people travel fifty-five miles an hour [on]. ”

It’s also important to park as far away as possible so that emergency vehicles can get in and out quickly.

“Once you’re able to stop, then assess the scene and make sure there are no hazards before you approach it,” Gundersen Tri-State Program Manager Nick Eastman said. “Power lines, fire, any kind of stuff that may be kind of dangerous to you and may prevent you from getting access to the scene. But if you’re able to get to the people involved go ahead and get up to them.”

When aiding crash victims, make sure to stop any bleeding and keep them warm to prevent them from going into extreme shock. Responders also said not to move a crash victim unless there is a fire or the vehicle is leaking fuel.

Marcus Aarsvold

Marcus Aarsvold

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