Semi vs. Bridge


 
 

From the August 2008 Issue | Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Orland (Ind.) Community Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a semi-versus-bridge incident, where bystanders had reported being unable to find the driver. A loaded semi had struck the bridge at road speed, and the arriving crews found the driver pinned behind a bridge support. Additional extrication tools and manpower were requested from Fremont Fire Department. Crews coordinated the extrication process from both sides of the support. The only visible parts of the patient's body were his feet, which were sticking out from the front of the semi. He remained conscious and alert during the 45-minute extrication. Because the large stones and steep embankment made moving the patient difficult, a ladder was used on the embankment for more efficient patient transfer via a Stokes basket to the roadway. Steuben County EMS provided patient care and transported the patient to a trauma center via a Parkview Hospital Samaritan helicopter.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Major Incidents, Extrication and Rescue, Jems EMS in Action

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Fire Breaks Out on New Jersey Hospital Roof

Four-alarms in Bayonne for roof top blaze.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting, EMS Audio

Edited audio from the Parliament Hill incident.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Illinois Ambulance Service on Chopping Block

Peoria Heights EMS depends on property tax vote.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Kentucky Firefighters, Medics Drill for Ebola

Lexington firefighters and medics prepare for possible patients.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting Incident

Solider is shot by gunman at national memorial in Ottawa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Life Link III Trauma Tactics Conference in Minnesota

Conference was designed to enhance the skills of providers of all levels, covering rescue and prehospital situations, to transport and in-hospital treatment.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS Tailgating

Rigs converted for football.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >