Halfway Responds To Vehicle Roll-Over
June 26, 2021
On the afternoon of June 26th, Halfway was alerted at 16:28 hours with crews from Williamsport Fire & EMS and Hagerstown Fire Department for a personal injury accident on Interstate 81 at Exit 5. Washington County had reports of a vehicle roll-over with a possible trauma code. Chief Ed Ernst arrived to find a single vehicle on its roof leaking fuel with all occupants out of the vehicle and confirmed he did not have a trauma code on the scene.
Units arrived shutting down the North Bound Exit 5B Ramp onto Halfway Boulevard West Bound. Williamsport’s Rescue Engine 2 arrived and pulled an attack-line and staged while Engine 261 blocked off the ramp and Medic 269 checked out one patient that was still on the scene. Chief Ernst reported he had a single vehicle roll-over with no entrapments and held Company 26 and Company 2 units only releasing HFD units responding.
While crews operated on the scene, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police searched the area for a second victim that fled the scene prior to unit’s arrival. The second subject was later located at a near-by hotel by the Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies and checked out by Director Dave Chisolm (1801) from the Division of Emergency Services who was on the scene assisting Halfway and responded over to the hotel to check the patient.
After evaluation, Community Rescue was started to the hotel for the second patient from the accident. Both patients were transported to Meritus Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Chief Ernst released Rescue Engine 2 from the scene and Engine 261 remained on the scene with Police and Chart until the vehicle was able to be removed by Walk the Line Towing. The ramp for Exit5B was able to be re-opened around 17:30 hours.