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The Desert Independent
BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday, October 31 at about 12:30 in the afternoon 56 year old Diana Rankin drove her bright red truck into the Blythe Inn. When Blythe Police arrived on scene they found Ms. Rankin’s pretty red 2001 Ford truck had over shot a parking space far enough to check it into a room next to the Inn’s office. Thankfully the room was vacant prior to Ms. Rankin’s violent arrival.
According to Rankin, she was westbound on Hobsonway approaching Seventh Street when she began to choke on the soft drink she was drinking. She then passed out, she said; and the next thing she remembers is being pulled out of the truck.
Blythe Fire Department and Ambulance were called. Ms. Rankin was found to be not injured during the accident. There were three other adults in the truck, two women and one man. The guy complained of back and neck pain and one of the women complained of leg and neck pain. Both were transported to Palo Verde Hospital where they were treated and released.
Rankin was checked for driving while intoxicated and it appeared she was not. The truck sustained major damage and was towed away. The room also sustained major damage.
10/26/11 0201 – CDF requested Blythe Fire to respond to an accident in the 1300 block of west Hobson Way. Blythe Police and Riverside County Sherriff we’re investigating a possible vandalism at the Blythe Ranch Market. Upon arrival Blythe Fire was updated on a deputy that had fallen into a 6 foot trench in the rear of the building. The deputy was removed from the trench and flown to Desert Regional Hospital for further treatment.
On Friday September 30th 0850 Blythe Fire responded to a trailer fire at Blue Line trailer park. The fire was quickly extinguished upon arrival. The trailer was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Blythe Fire along with Blythe Ambulance and Blythe Police, respond to a boating accident victim at the KOA. The accident happened on the Arizona side of the river by Gilligan’s and the victim was able to make his way to the KOA for help. The victim from out of town was transported to PVH.
Blythe Fire was dispatched to a traffic collision with injuries, westbound I-10 before the port of entry. Upon arrival Blythe Ambulance was engaging in retrieving the injured in an older style minivan in the fast lane of I-10 on the Arizona side of the bridge. The second vehicle involved had made its way and stopped on the frontage road north of the interstate. Unknown of any injuries in the second vehicle.