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First responders talk about fatal Strip crash

Posted at 11:45 AM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 13:48:04-05

The 911 calls that were made the night that the woman drove onto a sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip have been released, giving a clearer picture of what happened that night.

Jessica Valenzuela of Arizona died in the Dec. 20 crash and dozens more were injured.

Dispatch specialist Sonja Clickner told 13 Action News that she thought it was a normal traffic accident at first. But then the calls started pouring in and she quickly realized that something much different was happening.

34 emergency units raced to the Strip and immediately began treating the broken and the injured.

A witness told the dispatcher, "I'm telling you a car hit them straight. It was a big crowd of people and people just flipped everywhere. At least 20 people got hit."

From the moment the call came in, it took Station 32 less than one minute to respond. But as the initial six firefighters responded, another disturbing call came in.

"I've got 3 people down that I can see on camera. I'm also getting calls of shots fired."

Despite the fear of an active shooter, the firefighters worked on triaging patients.

"If it's a shooting, where is the shooter?" said Battalion Chief Eric Poleski. "What are they doing? So we have a situation that involves security and Metro before we can make the scene safe so other crews can come in."

Eventually police determined no one had a gun at the scene so more rescuers went in to help.

"Crews from 11 and 18, that was the calvary. They bailed us out," said firefighter Craig Vaccaro. "When we needed to really start treating patients, those were the guys who helped us out."

Lakeisha Holloway was arrested in the crash and faces murder and attempted murder charges.