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IID worker hurt in crash in serious but stable condition

February 02, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

LA JOLLA — An Imperial Irrigation District employee is in serious but stable condition after a collision east of Brawley on Thursday morning.

Bryan King, 24, of Brawley is in the surgical intensive care unit this morning at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, according to a hospital staffer.

King was working in the area of Hastian Road near Jones Road east of Brawley just before 2 a.m. Thursday when his pickup hit a dirt embankment and ran off the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to Highway Patrol Officer Carlos Davila, King was driving south on Hastian Road, approaching Jones Road. As King approached Jones Road, he apparently failed to see the drainage ditch on the south side of Jones Road. He applied his brakes when he saw the ditch, but was unable to avoid it, according to Davila. King was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the Highway Patrol.


Brawley fire Capt. Jesse Zendejas said the front end of the pickup landed in the drainage ditch, which had about a foot of water in it.

"He was in a situation where it was hard to open either of the doors," Zendejas explained.

Firefighters first tried using the Jaws of Life to cut the top off the pickup and bring King out that way, but they abandoned that idea after realizing it would be too difficult.

Emergency crews then dug out the dirt by the driver's side door so they could reach King.

Emergency crews stabilized King's neck, brought him out the driver's side door and laid him onto a waiting back board, where five or six firefighters pulled him up to the roadside.

King was awake and conscious, Zendejas said.

King was taken by ambulance to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, from which he was later airlifted to Scripps Memorial, according to a hospital staffer at Pioneers.

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