Cables May Delay Emergency Crews

1 decade 2 years 2 months ago Sunday, September 23 2007 Sep 23, 2007 Sunday, September 23, 2007 4:11:28 PM CDT September 23, 2007 in News
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But in some cases, ambulance and rescue crews say they may delay emergency vehicles trying to reach an accident scene.Crews say so far the presence of the three-strand cables is worth any slowdowns. Bob Patterson, director of Emergency Medical Services at St. John's Hospital, says St. John's emergency crews aren't seeing fewer crashes on I-44, but there's been a significant decrease in their severity. And when crews get the call to respond to an I-44 accident, they use gaps built into the cable system. On Missouri interstates, there's a gap every 2 or 2 1/2 miles to allow police, fire, ambulance or other emergency vehicles to cross over.

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