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Agents Rescue Man in Vehicle Rollover

Release Date: 
March 20, 2020

OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector rescued a man that rolled over driving a HAZMAT semi-truck Thursday afternoon.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:06 p.m., when agents assigned near the S-2 Highway witnessed a semi-truck lose control and roll over off the highway.  Agents arrived on scene and noticed the driver was pinned underneath the truck.  Agents requested Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and assistance from California Highway Patrol (CHP) via El Centro Sector dispatch.

A Supervisory Border Patrol agent certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, a Border Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agent and a Bureau of Land Management agent arrived on scene and were able to remove the door from the truck and extract the driver.  Agents along with American Medical Response (AMR) personnel prepared the man for air medical service and he was transported via REACH Air Medical to the nearest trauma center. 

Imperial County Fire Department arrived on scene and determined that the HAZMAT semi-truck was carrying propane in the tank and that the tank maintained integrity so no HAZMAT evacuation or precautions were necessary.

The man remains under medical care.


Last modified: 
March 23, 2020