SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. – Shortly before 10 PM on Saturday, January 20, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched Fire District 30 (Ringtown Valley) and Shenandoah (Columbia Hose) with Shenandoah ALS to 330 Farmers Road in Union Township for an accident with unknown injuries.
Chief 30 arrived on the scene with Engine 30-10, Rescue Squad 30-15 and Brush 30-45 to find a vehicle versus pole with two poles down, wires scattered throughout the scene and one person still in the vehicle. The call was upgraded to an accident with entrapment.
Chief 30 found the driver in the vehicle semi-responsive and requested aeromedical be placed on stand-by. The crew from 30-15 brought their hydraulic rescue tools to the car and removed the driver’s door. Once the door was removed, the crew worked to free the driver who was stuck in the steering wheel.
Shenandoah Medic 6402 arrived on the scene and the patient was extricated onto a backboard before being moved to the waiting stretcher. The patient was quickly taken into the ambulance and paramedics requested aeromedical to fly to the scene.
Rescue 741 and Engine 742 were released from the scene and sent to the Ringtown Recreation Complex to set up a landing zone for Geisinger Life Flight 5.
The ambulance transported the patient to the landing zone where they met the flight crew and the patient was flown to a trauma center. District 30 units remained on the scene while Pennsylvania State Troopers investigated the scene and then waited for utility companies to arrive on the scene.