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Two Patients Transported From Single Vehicle Roll-Over

MAR 7, 2021

On the evening of March 7th, Washington County Emergency Communications received reports of a single vehicle roll-over in the area of Exit 5 of Interstate 81 Northbound. Emergency crews from Halfway, Hagerstown, Williamsport, and Community Rescue were alerted for the call just before 18:00 hours. Washington County advised units responding that they had reports of one entrapment.

Crews arrived to find a single vehicle overturned with one occupant still in the vehicle. Firefighters from Halfway began to stabilize the vehicle as the Duty Officer from Williamsport Fire & EMS arrived and established command. After a quick evaluation of the scene, command reported they had two patients. One patient was self-extricated with assistance from bystanders while the second patient was trapped in the vehicle. Aviation was immediately requested for the occupant still entrapped who was categorized as a Priority 1 Category A Trauma. The second patient was evaluated and transported by Community Rescue’s Paramedic 759 by ground to Meritus Medical Center and was categorized as a Priority 2 Category C Trauma due to mechanism.

Firefighters worked as a team to extricate the patient from the wreckage. Extrication was marked complete at 18:13 hours. The patient was quickly packaged and transported by Halfway’s Paramedic 269, with assistance from Duty 75, to a nearby landing zone for Maryland State Police Aviation Command’s Trooper 3. Trooper 3 arrived and assumed patient care where the patient was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by the Maryland State Police. Initial reports say the vehicle was heading south bound when they swerved, lost control of the vehicle, and rolled coming to rest in the North Bound lane. No specific cause has currently been released. Halfway Engine 261 was committed on the scene until shortly after 20:00 hours that night assisting MSP with lighting.

Emergency crews on the scene consisted of the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway (Co.26), Hagerstown Fire Department (Engine 4, Truck 4, Battalion 3), Williamsport Fire & EMS (Co.2), Community Rescue Service (Medic 759 and Duty 75), Maryland State Police Aviation Command (Trooper 3). Additional assistance was received at the Landing one from Hagerstown Fire Department’s Engine 5, Washington County Fire Police, and Hagerstown Auxiliary Police.

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Author: William C. King

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