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ROSTRAVER (KDKA) – Several accident around the area caused massive backups during the morning commute.
The first accident happened on Route 28 around 6:10 a.m. Two vehicles collided near Exit 15 (Natrona Heights).
Debris was scattered across the roadway after the crash. Ambulances and fire equipment clogged the road just as rush hour began.
First responders helped the victims as traffic was detoured off Route 28 to Burtner Road.
Two hours later, there was another accident on Route 28. That crash happened on the southbound side of the road at the Freeport/Millerstown Road exit.
Three cars were involved and traffic backed up for miles as state police tried to piece together just what occurred.
The third accident shut down Route 51 in both directions Monday morning.
On April 2nd, 2010, Adamsburg and Community VFD was dispatched to a head-on collision on Arona Road in Arona Borough. Here is the report from their website:
Adamsburg and Community Volunteer Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle collision on Arona Road, Arona Borough. Upon arrival found a two vehicle head on collision with moderate damage to the front of both vehicles. EMS was on scene reporting multiple patients and is requesting two helicopters to the scene of the collision. Rescue 10 assisted EMS on scene with patient care and extrication. Mean while Engine 10 set up a landing zone at the Arona Ball field and landed two helicopters at the location. Two patients were transported to trauma centers in Pittsburgh, and one patient was taken to a local hospital.
For more information and pictures, visit Adamsburg’s site
photo by adamsburgpafire.org
Four vehicles where damaged when an elderly man lost control of his vehicle on Elm Drive in the Valemont Heights section of Penn Hills on April 2nd, 2010. This accident was possibly due to a medical condition.
After side-swiping the first 2 cars he then struck a 3rd car severely damaging it and at same time pushing the car behind it nearly 50 ft up the road after spinning it around. His car ended up hanging by its rear axle over a neighbors driveway wall. Firefighters from Penn Hills 221,222,223 responded quickly to the scene and stabilized the car so medics could remove the elderly man.
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On April 1st, 2010, a tractor trailer carrying hazardous material crashed onto railroad tracks on Bunola River Road in the Bunola section of Forward Twp. The driver was entrapped in the vehicle and the tanker he was hauling was leaking. Central VFC was called to assist with their rescue and has a detailed incident report on their site:
At 10:15 hrs 140 Rescue 7 was requested to assist Forward Township with a reported tractor trailer carrying 4500 lbs of corrosive liquid overturned onto railroad tracks with product leaking and a person trapped. The rescue responded within 5 minutes with 6 volunteers, while responding 156 Deputy arrived on scene confirming a tractor trailer overturned on live railroad tracks with an active leak of Sodium Hydroxide and a male pinned in the cab. EN156 arrived on the scene along with RQ139 and deployed stabalization and the JAWS to start the extrication process. Initial research of the leaking product indicated a possible inhalation and corrosion hazard as RQ7 arrived on scene the rescue crew donned Breathing Apparatus and strectched a foam protection line along with supplemental extrication tools. The product leak was confined to the bulkhead area of the tank and did not pose an immediate IDLH atmosphere to the victim or rescue personnel. Rescue crews removed the roof and steering wheel to free the trapped driver. The victim was immobilized and placed in a stokes basket and moved up the hillside to an awaiting EMS crew where immediate ALS intervention was initiated. The victim was transported to a Pittsburgh Trauma Center via Aeromedical services. Crews remained on scene for several hours while Hazardous Materials crews offloaded the material to an awaiting tanker and a local tow service uprighted the tanker.
For more information and pictures visit Central VFC’s website
photo by central147.org
Elizabeth Twp crews handled a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on March 29th, 2010. Central VFC’s website has coverage of the call:
Just prior to 11:00 the crash with injuries assignment was struck for a reported vehicle into a pole in the area of 520 Scenery Drive. EMS quickly arrived on scene and found a vehicle into a driveway with 1 trapped. 140 RQ7 and EN3 arrived on scene together and deployed the JAWS to remove a door. Pt care was transferred to EMS, ETFD controlled minor hazards and cleared shortly.
For more information visit Central VFC’s website
photo by central147.org
Shortly after 5am on March 27th, 2010, crews were alerted of a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on Boston Hollow Road (Route 48) near the Cross Creek Inn. The call originally came in as being in Elizabeth Twp, however once units got on scene it was found to be in Lincoln Boro. Lincoln Boro police requested Lincoln station 184 to be activated. Liberty 183 was also dispatched at that time, however since there were already units on scene from Elizabeth Twp, Chief 184 had 183 disregard.
Elizabeth Twp crews freed the patient and mitigated hazards and Lincoln crews handled the LZ at Boston Ballfied.
For more pictures and information visit Lincoln VFRC’s website
photo by LincolnVFRC.com