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Kenai Spur collision sends two to CPH

Posted: December 23, 2011 - 8:23pm  |  Updated: December 23, 2011 - 8:59pm

Two vehicles collided Friday afternoon at milepost 16 of the Kenai Spur Highway. 

The collision involved two drivers, an Aaron Hawbold, 19, of Kenai and Elizabeth Brenegan, 52, of Nikinski. No passengers were inside the vehicles, according the Nikiski Fire Department. 

The fire department responded to the collision at 11:59 a.m., taking two motorists to Central Peninsula Hospital for injury evaluations. 

Both vehicles entered the ditch with one coming to rest on its side. The cause of the accident was not determined, according to the fire department. 

One driver was outside their vehicle when responders arrived and the other inside their vehicle. Both were carried off on backboards indicating possible neck injuries. 

—Staff report

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Cogliostro 12/23/11 - 08:47 pm
A little tip for the Clarion...

Backboards and C-Collars are commonly used in all motor vehicle crash and does not always indicate a neck injury. Even with the ability to 'clear c-spine' (the act of determining that a patient does not need a backboard and c-collar following a traumatic event), back pain following a traumatic incident can be an indication for spinal immobilization.

Just a little tip for the future - it doesn't necessarily mean a neck injury. Not long ago ANY fall, MVC, or traumatic event where c-spine could have been compromised required a backboard and c-collar.

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