Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate victims of a head-on crash in Byron early Wednesday morning, May 26.
One victim suffered major injuries and was flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. Two additional victims were treated at the scene and released. According to an ECCFPD social media post, two people involved in the accident fled the scene on foot.
The two-vehicle accident was reported at 4:41 a.m. on Byron Highway south of the Camino Diablo intersection.
All three East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) engines responded to the accident, which blocked traffic in both directions on Byron Highway. A Contra Costa Fire Protection District helicopter was dispatched from Buchanan Field in Concord, and a landing zone was established at St. Anne Catholic Church on Camino Diablo.
A Cal Fire engine company from Morgan Territory was dispatched to cover the district while ECCFPD resources were committed to the accident scene. The Cal Fire crew responded to one medical call in Oakley while it was covering the district.
Information regarding the cause of the accident was not available as of press time.