CBP emergency medical technicians provide medical care to two people near the border on Sunday.

CBP emergency medical technicians provide medical care to two people near the border on Sunday.

CBP officers attend to vehicle rollover

Two people were transported to hospital after their vehicle rolled over near the Peace Arch Port of Entry last Sunday.

  • Mar. 22, 2017 4:00 p.m.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff provided immediate medical care to two people after a vehicle rolled over on the I-5 expressway near the Peace Arch Port of Entry Sunday.

A news release issued by CBP on Tuesday indicates an officer arrived on scene at about 10:45 a.m., and noticed the vehicle’s passenger had “a large avulsion on her right palm with the skin completely removed.”

The officer – a CBP emergency medical technician (EMT) – applied a trauma bandage to control the bleeding and direct pressure. At the same time, another EMT completed a rapid trauma assessment on the driver and stabilized the head and cervical spine.

The border-patrol staff provided ongoing care until the Whatcom County Fire Department arrived and extricated both passengers and transported them to a hospital in Bellingham.

CBP could not confirm the patients’ nationalities, but said the vehicle had Washington plates.

“CBP officers are well-trained and prepared to deal with a variety of medical emergencies,” said area port director Ken Williams. “The CBP officers who immediately responded to this incident demonstrated CBP’s commitment to public safety. Their efforts are a perfect example of their dedication to the CBP mission and community they serve.”

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