SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA – Just before 10AM on Tuesday, September 5, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched the Saint Clair Fire Department and Schuylkill EMS to Route 61 Northbound on the “Grade” between Saint Clair and Frackville for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries.
Original reports were given to responding crews that there was one vehicle into a tree with no one seen around the vehicle and the vehicle was smoking. A second call gave EMS updated information that the male driver was unresponsive in the vehicle and possibly taking a seizure. Aeromedical transport was placed on standby.
Engine 701 arrived on the scene and found one vehicle off the roadway and into a tree with minor damage to the vehicle. The Engine crew began patient assessment until EMS arrived on the scene a few moments later.
The patient was extricated from the vehicle and placed in the nearby ambulance for further evaluation. Bystanders on scene stated the driver may have suffered some type of medical emergency. EMS then requested aeromedical transport be dispatched to land at the Schuylkill Mall.
Frackville, Altamont and Englewood fire companies were dispatched to the Schuylkill Mall to set up a landing zone for Lehigh Valley MedEvac 7. The helicopter landed without issue and the patient was loaded for transport for a tertiary care facility.
The Pennsylvania State Police were on the scene investigating the crash.