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There was an incident at W 12 over T G, where a trailer exploded and a woman, Linda was severely burned and is in the ICU in San Diego. She is alive, because of the quick response and effort of a registered nurse who was camped nearby. The story, which was sent to me by our good friend, Diane Ariotti, is posted under Glamis Dunes, From the News, Accidents.....I don't know Linda's last name, but her lungs were damaged, and she could sure use all our prayers.
Go here to read story: hmmm, I copied the url of topic, but the article printed here.
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> My Wife = Hero, FRIDAY MORNING TRAILER EXPLOSION by TNT Duner
>
> I would like to share what happened this weekend at Wash 12. A truly
horrifying event and a situation where I saw a side of my wife I have never seen
before and hope to never see again.
>
> Friday morning about 7:30 my wife and I had just gotten up and were making
coffee and about to head outside to see who else was out and about in camp. We
then heard an explosion so strong that our motorhome felt as if it was up on two
wheels, what followed after that I will never forget, screaming like I have
never heard before. My wife is an RN of 19 years and ran out the door of our
motorhome and I followed. We rounded our motorhome and entered the neighboring
camp and I saw something I hope to never see again. A trailer was blown open
like a tin can, thick black smoke billowing from the door and a woman was
standing there in front of it, her hair was burned off, most of her clothes were
burned off, the pieces of clothing that were still on her were on fire. Her skin
was charred and just hanging off of her in curled up sheets. Standing next to
the woman was one of their dogs with all of its hair burned off and was
literally still smoking. The explosion blew the woman out the side door of the
trailer but her husband who was still in bed at the time was still inside.
Moments later he emerged out the door.
>
> The camp was in complete hysteria, people were screaming, nobody knew what
to do first, every just kept screaming "call 911", but nothing was
getting done, everyone was just in shock.
>
> My wife Laurie just went into action and took over the situation. The
woman was the worst off, the husband had some burns but he was in bed and the
covers he had on shielded most of him from the flames. Laurie directed people to
wet down sheets, not wool blankets like some were about to, and began to calm
the woman and talk her through what was happening. Her remaining clothes were
cut off and she was wrapped in the wet sheets. My wife told some others what to
do with the husband while she tended to the woman. 911 had been called and fire
and medics were in route.
>
> About 5 minutes later Laurie yelled at someone to call 911 again and to
give her the phone. The dispatcher connected her with the Brawley fire
department who were in route along with BLM medics. She told the fire department
the woman's vitals and that it was apparent that the woman's lungs were
burned from breathing in the flames and that her lungs were failing, her blood
oxygen level was dropping. If she had to wait for the police and fire department
to arrive before making a decision about Lifeflight it might be too late. The
woman needed to be intubated or she was going to die. The fire department agreed
with Laurie and dispatched the helicopter before any authorities had arrived on
scene, which allowed the helicopter to arrive much earlier than what normally
occurs when the first on scene responders make the decision to call for a
chopper.
>
> The helicopter landed and the flight nurses rushed her inside the chopper.
They stayed on scene to put her under anesthesia and intubated her before
lifting off.
>
> The BLM supervisor on scene came up to us after the chopper was gone and
said thank you for saving the woman's life. If the helicopter had arrived 10
minutes later her airway would have closed from the swelling of her burnt lungs.
>
> My wife never left that woman's side and directed others to tend to
the husband per her instructions. Even when the fire department, emts and blm
arrived my wife didn't hand over her patient, and it was pretty clear that
they were ok with that. Linda kept saying........"Laurie don't leave
me, please don't leave me".
>
> Linda and her husband were both airlifted to Yuma and then on to a San
Diego burn unit. Her husband should be out of the hospital soon but Linda needs
any and all prayers. As of this morning she was in a medically induced coma and
on a ventilator while they hope that her lungs will heal so she can survive.
After that she will have do deal with the burns. She has third degree burns on
her hands and arms and second degree on her face and most of her upper body.
>
> I love my wife dearly and have always been very proud of what she does for
a living. When we both rounded the corner and saw Linda standing their screaming
I stopped, in shock at what I was seeing, my wife never looked back and just
kept running towards her. She took an oath when she became a nurse, when bad
things happen like this she says that she just goes into autopilot mode and
dives right in to the situation.
>
> This Thanksgiving we were all thankful that my wife was there and I know
Linda and her will be lifelong friends. We all exchanged contact info with
Linda's family members and I will keep you posted.
>
> On a side note, this trailer was a SportTrailer that had been modified by
the owner so that it could be slept in. They added heat, ac, shower, electric
etc. I know many people go this route and if so please be careful and always
check your work and inspect it regularly. While they slept something
malfunctioned and the trailer filled with LP. Linda said she smelled gas but
thought it was from outside, and then she turned on the switch to the coffee
maker.
>
> Lastly, the couples second dog is missing. After the blast, people said it
was scene running into the dunes. Many people searched all day for the dog but
we never found it. It was Jack Russell Terrier, if anyone has any information if
one was found in the dunes over the weekend please let me know.
>
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What a truly sad, tragic, terrible thing to happen. :( :(

Laurie the nurse is quite the heroine. =D> =D> =D>
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Prayers and thoughts for the family!!

Laurie is a true hero. Being a first reponder, I've been in those shoes. I can't explain what it's like other than to say the hardest part is when it's over!
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for those interested here's a web site that can be used to keep family and friends abreast of those with illness, injuries and recoveries http://www.caringbridge.org/
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Sandcock wrote:without ceasing [-o<

for those interested here's a web site that can be used to keep family and friends abreast of those with illness, injuries and recoveries http://www.caringbridge.org/
That's a great idea, the caringbridge site. I opened the website from the link provided; seems like a good service.

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This is a duplicate post of one made in the "Accidents in the ISDRA" thread.

After reading this I went out and tested my rig's propane detector (use an unlit cigarette lighter or an unlit propane torch to blow gas at the sensor). It didn't work! :shock: :shock: I replaced it a couple years ago so I've been complacent and haven't tested it in a while - probably since right after I installed it. #-o Guess it's time to spend another hundred on a new one.

Do yourself a favor and test yours too.
FunRunner wrote:On a side note, this trailer was a SportTrailer that had been modified by
the owner so that it could be slept in. They added heat, ac, shower, electric
etc. I know many people go this route and if so please be careful and always
check your work and inspect it regularly.
I hope that all who go this route install a propane detector and shutoff valve - and then test it regularly - so this won't happen to them.

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For a minute there Roger I thought is was your Linda. My thoughts and best wishes do them during the long recovery.

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ChoppedLiver wrote:For a minute there Roger I thought is was your Linda. My thoughts and best wishes do them during the long recovery.
Ron, we never know when that could be any one of us, do we? I consider all those who enjoy our sport as brothers and sisters, and feel for Linda Olivares, as if I knew her and her husband, though I don't believe we've ever met. They are still in my prayers, and I will encourage everyone I know to pray for this woman's recovery.
Hope things in Paso Robles are going well for you and Lazer Star.

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Has anyone heard how the recovery is going? Is she still in critical condition?
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Woodglue wrote:Has anyone heard how the recovery is going? Is she still in critical condition?
Walt says she is breathing on her own and is encouraged re the reports. Here is an update from her friend Sue taken from glamisdunes.com

HELLO THIS IS SUE, MIKE AND LINDA'S DEAR FRIEND. I WAS AT THE HOSPITAL YESTERDAY, TUESDAY, AND HAVE SOME UPDATES ON THEIR CONDITIONS. LINDA IS NOT ON LIFE SUPPORT THE DOCTORS HAVE PUT HER IN A PARALYZED STATE BECAUSE OF HER SITUATION LINDA IS STABLE, ALL HER VITALS ARE GOOD THEY ARE KEEPING HER SEDATED AND SHE IS GOING FOR SURGERY TODAY FOR CLEANING OF HER SKIN. MIKE IS IN STABLE COND. BOTH ARE IN THE SAME BURN UNIT AND HE HAS BEEN BY HER SIDE DAILY. BOTH DOGS ARE DOING WELL .THANKS FOR ALL THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS I KNOW THE FAMILY REALLY APPRECIATES ALL EVERYONE HAS DONE.

I HAVE SET UP A ACCOUNT FOR THOSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT WITH THE TREMENDOUS MEDICAL EXPENSES
THE NAME OF THE ACCOUNT IS "OLIVAREZ GLAMIS DISASTER MEDICAL FUND" YOU CAN SEND TO
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AGAIN THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT
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