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iPhone Crash Detection Guides Rescuers to Critically-Injured Driver

iPhone Crash Detection Guides Rescuers to Critically-Injured Driver

The iPhone’s Crash Detection feature has helped save another life, immediately alerting first responders following a severe accident in Ontario. The severely injured driver was airlifted to a hospital where she is currently in critical care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences in Toronto.

According to the South Grey News, driver Hannah Ralph’s iPhone alerted first responders to a serious accident long before it could have been detected any other way. The collision occurred in the Grey Highlands, on Road 130 southwest of Highway 10, in Ontario, on August 5, 2023.

While South Grey News doesn’t provide the details of the accident, it does describe it as a collision, although the report does not mention another vehicle or driver.

Ralph’s iPhone contacted both emergency responders and her emergency contacts, including friend Grace Workman-Porecki.

“The response time was incredible,” said Workman-Porecki. “We are so thankful to all the Grey Highlands first responders and staff at Markdale Hospital for getting Hannah back to us.”

Hannah Ralph’s injuries include broken femurs and pelvis, cranial and cervical spine fractures, plus multiple lacerations, and substantial blood loss.

Ralph’s aunt is Dr. Angela Jones of Burlington, who told the South Grey News, “I’m telling everyone who drives in rural areas to get this [Crash Detection] technology.”

“Who knows how long it could take to get help [without it?]” she said.

Ralph’s family and friends have created a GoFundMe campaign to support the musician’s recovery from the accident.

Crash Detection on the iPhone 14 also works in conjunction with the Apple Watch, leveraging both devices to get help. When a severe crash is detected, the emergency services call interface will appear on Apple Watch, as it is most likely to be in closer proximity to the user, while the call is placed through iPhone if it is in range for the best possible connection.

The feature is designed to detect a severe car crash and automatically call emergency services if the driver doesn’t respond to the device’s prompts within 20 seconds.

(Via AppleInsider)