Iowa 911 dispatcher uses cellphone to help find hurt driverUPDATED 5:53 AM HST May 24, 2013Video Transcript
recording. Normally, help is on the way once you call 911. But it's a little more difficult, if you don't know where you are. Ringing. Operator: Madison County 911. Whitcomb: I crashed Operator: I'm sorry? HE SAID HE CRASHED. AND THAT'S ALL 26 YEAR OLD TYLER WHITCOMB KNEW WEDNESDAY WHEN HE CALLED 911. Operator: Where are you at? Whitcomb: I don't know. WHITCOMB WAS DAZED BY THE IMPACT OF THE CRASH, SO HE STRUGGLED TO GIVE THE DISPATCHER INFORMATION SHE COULD USE. How bad are you injured, Tyler? Whitcomb: My back hurts and I've got some blood everywhere. OUR CAMERAS WERE THERE WHEN HE WAS FINALLY RESCUED ON HIGHWAY 169. Dispatcher pinged it off of the closest thing she could on the 911 map, and we came up with an address on the 1500 block. Pinging a cellphone means rescuers can locate which tower the cellphone last got a signal from. BUT PINPOINTING HIS EXACT LOCATION... Officer: you sure he's on 169? WAS NO SIMPLE TASK. Are you in a ditch Tyler? Yeah I think so HE SAID ALL HE COULD SEE WERE TREES... WHICH DIDN'T NARROW IT DOWN FOR POLICE. Don't pass out on me, I need some help here. 15 MINUTES PASSED BETWEEN THE TIME HE MADE THE CALL... AND WHEN POLICE SPOTTED HIS CAR. Down in that deep ditch down there. WHITCOMB WAS JUST LUCKY HE HAD HIS CELLPHONE AND IT WAS WITHIN REACH... Tyler, do you see the deputies? BECAUSE THERE'S NO WAY HE COULD HAVE WALKED AWAY FROM THE WRECK. Whitcomb preferred not to be interviewed today, as he's still in the hospital with several injuries. But I spoke with his father this afternoon, and he says his son has a long recovery ahead of him. Kevin? Shaina, thank you.