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Crash Victim Reunites With Her Rescuers

Crash Victim Reunites With Her Rescuers

Crash victim Connie Miles met with firefighters who pulled her from the wreckage following a head-on collision on Highway 1 in December. Photo courtesy of SB County Fire

The Daily Sound via YellowBrix

May 23, 2010

VAN NUYS – A Van Nuys woman who suffered serious injuries during a head-on collision on Highway 1 near Lompoc returned this week to meet the firefighters who saved her life by pulling her from the wreckage quickly.

Connie Miles had been on her way home after dropping off some Christmas presents in Lompoc on December 18 when a car drifted across the center of the highway and slammed into her vehicle near Jalama Road.

Fire crews from Santa Barbara County and Lompoc arrived at the scene and used hydraulic rescue equipment to pull Miles from the crushed vehicle. The other driver died at the scene, and Miles sustained major injuries.

After being treated at the scene by firefighters, loaded into the county fire helicopter and transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, she began the long road to recovery.

Miles spent 17 days at the hospital as she healed from internal injuries, a fractured femur, a lower leg fracture and a shattered ankle. She is still sports a cast on her ankle and is undergoing physical therapy.

Fire officials said her curiosity about the incident and the people who came to her aid prompted Miles to contact the county fire department. She visited Station 51 in Lompoc on Thursday and met the firefighters who helped her five months earlier.

“This is a way of getting back to normal life,” Miles said in a news release. “Meeting these firefighters helps bring closure to the accident. From the first firefighter on scene, the treatment I received, the helicopter transport to the hospital, it all worked. Thank you.”