CALIFORNIA (KTLA) — A nurse and other good Samaritans came to the aid of a woman and six children who were injured after a crash on the 60 Freeway in Chino on Friday.
The single rollover vehicle crash was reported around 4 p.m. in the westbound lanes near Mountain Avenue, according to the incident report from the California Highway Patrol.
It appeared that the tire tread on the 2003 Ford SUV separated and the 52-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle, according to Sgt. Ron Burch with the CHP.
The SUV went up an embankment and overturned, pinning the driver’s left arm under the car, Burch sad.
Good Samaritans came to the woman’s aid and flipped the SUV back over, he said.
One passenger, identified as a 5-year-old boy, was ejected in the crash. Five other children, all under the age of 5, were also injured, Burch said.
Before paramedics could arrive, however, a nurse sprang into action, setting up a triage and helping the victims of the crash.
“I went directly to one of the girls that wasn’t breathing… CPR was administered, and she came up alive,” said Manara McCobb, who is also an RN instructor. “And then I went to the lady that was stuck in the truck, tied a tourniquet because she had an arterial bleed, her arm was hanging off, and tied the tourniquet.
“Went to the kid that had the head wound, and had them apply pressure. And then I went back to the little girl that we had done CPR on,” she said.
An air ambulance and a CHP helicopter landed at Chino High School and flew all six children to Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Their injuries were considered serious but not life threatening.
Car seats could be seen scattered along the side of the freeway along with other items from inside the SUV.
It did not appear that the three girls and three boys were properly restrained.
“They were not properly restrained inside the vehicle. And had they been properly restrained, their injuries may have been a lot less severe than they are,” Burch said.