Radio calls capture emergency response in fatal crash – The Mercury News

“We’ve got a person down.” It began with reports of a man unconscious on the highway, not far from Fort Lauderdale Airport as the sun was about to rise. It was then revealed that the man, NFL star Dwayne Haskins, was dead.

Radio broadcasts archived by audio streaming website Broadcastify provide some additional details on how officers and paramedics responded. death of haskins on Saturday. The recording provides a timeline of how the events unfolded after Haskins was hit by a dump truck on Interstate 595.

The sun was only a few minutes away from rising. Still dark, Haskins – for reasons that are still unknown – was crossing I-595 in westbound lanes when a dump truck hit him and killed him. Around 6:40 p.m., the Broward Sheriff’s Office fire rescue dispatcher said, “It appears to be a pedestrian versus a vehicle.”

A few minutes later, a dispatcher said, “The caller advised that a male had been hit by a dump truck at 6:41 am at this time on the 595 westbound I-95 off ramp.

By this point, paramedics and firefighters were responding. “Engine 6 arrived,” said a firefighter or paramedic at the dispatch line at 6:45 a.m. “It’s 595 west before exit. We’ve got a person down.”

Less than three minutes later, the first responder on the dispatch line announced, “Engine 6, signal seven. 6:47.″ On police and fire rescue radio codes, “signal seven” means someone is dead. . 24. but Haskins diedLess than a month before his 25th birthday.

He was in South Florida training for the upcoming NFL season along with several Pittsburgh Steelers players.

So far neither the full crash report nor the audio of the 911 calls has been released to the public.

One driver ‘was already worried’

a passerby NBC 6. told He thought he had seen Haskins on the highway and had called 911. “I was dropping my daughter off for an airline at Fort Lauderdale airport in the morning,” the man, identified as Chris Stanley, told the TV station.

“And what I saw was a Mack truck, or a big tractor-trailer, as well as another vehicle that started moving a little bit to the left,” he said.

“I was in the left lane and then there was the right lane. And then I saw a man there starting to make his way down the street,” Stanley continued. The only concern was that someone was going to attack him at that time.”

Stanley could not be reached for comment on Monday.

FHP said in a statement that the Florida Highway Patrol said Haskins was driving on I-595 “for unknown reasons”. “He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, he collided with an oncoming dump truck.”

The Broward Sheriff’s Office referred questions to the Florida Highway Patrol, which is leading a traffic homicide investigation into the accident. That agency said no further information would be released until they conclude that investigation, which could take about 90 days or more.

an outflow of shock and grief The sports world flooded in from the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ohio State University, where he played college ball, and elsewhere.

“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “Upon arrival in Pittsburgh he quickly became part of our Steelers family and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a great teammate, but more than that a tremendous one to so many. Dude. I’m really heartbroken.”

Austen Erblatt can be reached here aerblat@sunsentinel.comat 954-599-8709 or Twitter @AustenErblat.

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