May 10th – Vehicle accident with Entrapment

At 434pm, we were dispatched to a vehicle accident on Rt 219 southbound at the Rt 56 ramp.  Rescue 3-1, Engine 3-2 & 3-3, Squad 3-1 & 3-3, Chief and Deputy responded with a total staffing of 16.  As 3 Chief & Deputy arrived they advised the accident was in the northbound lane.  Upon arrival, Rescue 3-1 had one vehicle on its roof with severe front end damage and a single patient entrapped.  The Rescue crew immediately began stabilization of the vehicle (using step chalks on the front end and a box crib on the rear end of the vehicle) and extrication consisting of removal of the driver side door, and safe removal of the patient.  Upon completion, crews cleaned up an extensive amount of debris and fluids. Engine 3-3 pulled a line and stood by until the patient was removed from the vehicle.

While units were working the incident in the northbound lane, crews were advised of a second vehicle about a 1/4 mile down the road in the  southbound lane that was also involved in the accident.  Apparently the (northbound lanes) entrapment vehicle came off of the southbound ramp, hit the ditch and the southbound vehicle before flipping over the jersey barrier into the northbound lanes.  We found the vehicle to have heavy passenger side damage.  Crews assisted with patient extrication.

Fire Police set up road closed signs, cones, and barriers to shut down Rt 219 North at Rt 56 Bypass.  All northbound traffic was diverted onto the route 56 bypass.  Units cleared the scene around 543pm.

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