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HVFCo: Two Motor Vehicle Accidents 8/28/16

By Olivia Drake.

MVA 8-28-16Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to two motor vehicle accidents Sunday, August 28, 2016, one of which required LIFE STAR’s assistance on Route 9.

At 6:55 p.m., crews were dispatched to a rollover on Route 9 South between exits 8-9. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a vehicle swaying side to side with one patient trapped inside. Multiple bystanders near the vehicle were attempting to break windows with hammers and other tools. An EMT from Stonington, who happened to be driving by at the time of the accident, was already in the vehicle doing patient care.

Valley Shore Emergency Communications requested Life Star helicopter and firefighters set up a landing zone in the grass adjacent to the accident scene.

Firefighters removed the bystanders from the scene and secured the vehicle with rescue jacks and cribbing. Haddam Firefighter Joe Tommasso used Hurst tools to cut and fold the vehicle’s roof so firefighters could remove the patient. The patient was placed on a back board and transported to a Life Star stretcher.

Traffic was closed on Route 9 South and Route 9 North for about 30 minutes while Life Star was on scene. Traffic reopened in the northbound lanes after Life Star cleared. Traffic on Route 9 South was routed to one lane.

At 7:50 p.m., HVFCo. was dispatched to another motor vehicle accident involving two cars on Route 9 South. A driver struck the vehicle in front of her, which caused her vehicle to ignite and the other vehicle to spin and crash crash into a guard rail in the opposite fire 8-28-16

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a vehicle fully-engulfed in flames and immediately shut down the highway. All drivers and passengers had exited the vehicles. Crews stretched an attack line off Engine 6-13 and worked to extinguish the fire while additional ambulances were called to the scene. Hunters Ambulance transported two patients, Haddam Volunteer Ambulance transported one patient and Chester Ambulance Association transported the fourth patient, all to Middlesex Hospital. Connecticut State Police is investigating.