Jackson Firefighters Extract Two from Overturned Vehicle
Jackson–Stations 54 and 55 were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday September 8 when Station 54 Deputy Chief Mike Lubertazzi found an overturned Toyota 4 Runner on Chandler Road at Winter Way with two occupants trapped inside. Engine 5411 arrived within a minute from a special detail around the corner on Bartley Road, and stretched a safety 1 3/4″ hose line to protect the vehicle’s occupants and other emergency responders. The Toyota vehicle had struck a pole and brought wires down, including a large phone cable line wrapped around the right wheel. One of vehicle’s occupants self-extricated from the rear hatch; the other two had to be cut out of the vehicle by crews from Rescue 5503 and Engine 5541. Crews also stabilized the vehicle with struts to keep the car from moving while rescue crews operated inside. Due to the proximity of overhead power lines, crews began work when JCP&L de-energized the primary wires. From that point, after cutting the door posts and roof, it only took a matter of minutes for fire crews to extricate the male driver first via backboard, then the female occupant that was trapped underneath the male. FF Anthony Salas assisted by serving as a translator for the vehicle’s occupants. A request for a MEDEVAC helicopter was not able to be filled due to inclement weather. Quality EMS on scene transported the male and female to the trauma center at Jersey Shore Memorial Hospital.
Eleven minutes into the extrication call, Stations 55, 56 and 57 were dispatched to food on the stove call at an apartment at 100 Muirfield Road. Responding crews including Chief Tim Carson 5500, Chief Scott Rauch 5700, Engine 5511 and Ladder 5705 found a hallway full of smoke but no fire and no injuries.