RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — On September 7, 2010, at 11:31 a.m. firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) responded to a reported head-on traffic collision on Via de la Valle near the intersection of Calzada del Bosque. Upon arrival they found two vehicles with major damage and both drivers trapped. Via de la Valle was shut down in both directions for approximately two hours while crews worked to free the drivers and clear the roadway. The drivers, who were both female, sustained major injuries and were transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla via air ambulance. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating the cause of the collision.

Two fire engines and two battalion chiefs from RSFFPD responded to the incident. They were assisted by two ambulances from San Diego Medical Services, a fire engine from Solana Beach Fire Department, an air ambulance from Mercy Air, and San Diego’s Copter 2. Rancho Santa Fe Patrol and CHP assisted with traffic control.

The mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is “To protect life, property, and environment through prevention, preparedness, education and emergency response.” Formed in 1946, the Fire District now spans approximately 42-square miles and protects over 29,000 citizens. The Fire District currently operates out of four full-time fire stations and serves the communities within and surrounding Rancho Santa Fe and 4S-Ranch.

~Courtesy of Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District