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Accident Involving Numerous Vehicles on Bypass
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By Photographer/Fire Police Officer Mark Walsh
September 13, 2017

On Wednesday September 13th at 15:47 Station 38 along with Engine 76 and 41 EMS were dispatched to the Route 30 Bypass westbound in the area of Rt. 340 for the accident with injuries. Within a minute of the original dispatch the assignment was upgraded to possible entrapment adding Medic 93 to the call.

Lt. 38C (Groff) who was on his way home was right behind the accident and in turn was on scene immediately and assumed command. After checking all the vehicles Lt. Groff advised he had one subject confined in one of the vehicles involved and requested that Rescue 38 and Engine 76 proceed up the West Bound off-ramp to Rt. 340 the wrong direction since he had the roadway closed so that they could arrive on scene in a quicker time. Rescue 38 and Engine 76 arrived at the same time and went in service extricating the subject trapped.

While fire crews were operating at the scene Traffic 38 responded to the 30 bypass at Route 322 and shutdown all traffic at that location and forced traffic off the roadway to 322. Due to the time of day a fire police task force was requested as well and Traffics 35, 44 and 45 all responded as well to assist with the closure. Traffic 35 and 45 assisted other Thorndale Fire Police Officers with shutting down the ramps from 322 onto 30 West Bound while Traffic 44 was told to respond to the bypass itself and assist Traffic 38. Once all the closures were in place Fire Police were able to turn cars around that were stuck between 322 and the accident and have them exit the roadway at 322.

Once the extrication was complete and EMS transported the injured parties to the hospital fire crews were then focused on cleaning up the roadway and waiting for the vehicles to be towed. Once some of the vehicles were moved the far left lane of traffic was opened up again to allow the remaining vehicles in the backlog to continue on the bypass.

Crews were on scene for approx. 1 hour before clearing and re-opening the roadway.

Units: Rescue 38, Traffic 38
 
Mutual Aid: Ambulance 41, Medic 93, Engine 76, Traffic 35, Traffic 44, Traffic 45
 
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