Sequoia-Kings Canyon incidents: Vehicle mishaps and more

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SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK
Ash Mountain
8/18/2019: A 30-year-old male from Reedley, Calif., was arrested for suspicion of DUI and transported to the Tulare County Jail.
Lodgepole
8/12/19: A 34-year-old male from Colton, Calif., driving southbound on Generals Highway at Clover Creek crossed over the double yellow centerlines and stuck a government vehicle, causing minor damage to both vehicles with no injuries.
8/13/19: Rangers and Engine 51 responded to Dorst Creek Campground site #114 for a smoldering downed hazard tree and extinguished the fire.
8/14/19: A group of three sisters from Los Angeles reportedly lost brakes in their RV while southbound on Generals Highway. While attempting to regain control, the driver drove the RV off the road, striking a tree and delineator posts, and ultimately high centered the RV on a group of boulders. There were only minor injuries and all individuals refused medical treatment.
8/15/19: A 32-year-old male from Squaw Valley, Calif., walked to the Lodgepole Ranger Office, complaining of dizziness and lightheadedness. Rangers assessed and treated the patient, who refused EMS transport.
8/16/19: A 13-year-old-male from Inglewood, Calif., crashed his bike in the Lodgepole Campground. Ambulance 6 responded, patient reported tingling sensation in fingers and vomited. Parents refused ambulance transport.
8/17/19: A Dodge Caravan lost control while driving toward Grant Grove just south of Little Baldy. According to the driver, the right front tire started to shake and locked up. There were minor injuries; all occupants refused medical treatment. The van was removed by Michael’s Towing via flatbed.
8/18/19: A 22-year-old male from France was holding a parking spot in the Upper Sherman parking area when he became agitated and jumped on the hood of another visitor’s car, who happened to be recording on his personal dash cam. The subject was cited for disorderly conduct.
Mineral King
8/13/19: Rangers received a request from Tulare County to respond to the Silver City Resort for a reported 55-year-old male from San Jose, Calif., who had suffered a stroke. A ranger/EMT met up with the patient, who was being driven out via private vehicle by a Silver City Resort staff member, near the Atwell Mill Campground. The ranger did an assessment and determined that the patient had stroke symptoms. The park helicopter transported the patient from Wolverton Point Helispot along the Mineral King Road to the Ash Mountain Helibase. The patient was then transferred to an air ambulance and flown to a stroke center at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Calif.
High Sierra
8/9/2019: Rangers made contact with a 40-year-old male at Crabtree Ranger Station who had fallen descending Mt. Whitney. The patient complained of lower leg pain and showed signs of a possible fracture. The patient requested to stay in the Crabtree Meadows area for the night. Rangers contacted the patient in the morning of 8/10/2019. Helicopter 552 evacuated the patient to Ash Mountain Helibase where he was transported to the hospital by ground ambulance.
8/12/2019: Rangers responded to a 62-year-old male suffering from gastrointestinal distress in the Tyndall Creek area. After a patient assessment, the patient and rangers concluded he could attempt to self-evacuate to the south over Cottonwood Pass. Patient began attempting self-evacuation on 8/13/19.
8/13/2019: Rangers received a report of a male who had gotten cliffed out and had a shoulder injury in Buck Creek Canyon. Helicopter 552 was used to short-haul the subject off the cliff. The patient then refused ambulance transport and was given a courtesy transport to Three Rivers.
8/18/19: Rangers at Crabtree Ranger Station were contacted by a 20-year-old male with a knee injury. The patient had possibly dislocated his knee two days prior and now was unable to walk on it. Patient was flown via Helicopter 552 to Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine.
KKINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Grant Grove
8/12/2019: At approximately 2100 hours, rangers were contacted by the John Muir Lodge of a guest who did not check out at the expected time and in whose room were medications that caused concern for the guest’s wellbeing since they had not returned all day. A preliminary search of the Grant Grove and Cedar Grove districts was performed, with cell phone forensics performed with assistance from the Air Force. The person as located in good health on 8/13/19.
8/15/2019: Captain A. Lang, USMC, joined Grant Grove staff during a road and trail run in honor of murdered US Park Ranger Kris Eggle.

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