Station 29 was dispatched by Lackawanna County 911 for a reported MVA, truck vs tractor trailer, with heavy entrapment on Interstate 84, Mile Marker 9.7 westbound. Upon arrival of Rescue 29, a pickup truck was found into the rear of a tractor trailer in the travel lane of the highway, with the truck wedged under the back of the tractor trailer up to passenger compartment and driver of the pickup truck was entrapped. Crews immediately went to work stabilizing the pickup truck and gaining access to the passenger compartment. Due to the severity of entrapment and the criticalness of the patients condition, command requested a heavy duty tow truck to assist in lifting the tractor trailer off the vehicle and 2 additional Rescues from Elmhurst-Roaring Brook and also Moscow. Over the next 18 minutes crews utilized hydraulic spreaders, cutters and Rams to successfully remove the vehicle from around the patient. The patient was extricated and transported to a local trauma center by EMS. Rescue 7 was canceled prior to their arrival. Rescue & Engine 29 remained on scene with the Pennsylvania State Police while they completed their investigation and until the vehicles where removed. Interstate 84 westbound remained closed for approximately 2 hours.
We'd like to thank all who made this critical incident run smoothly. We'd also like to give a big thank you to Penndot for their assistance with traffic control and providing a crashtruck to help ensure our safety. Incidents like this are very infrequent but we can say our crews train for it and with an arrival time to extrication complete of 18 minutes, our times show!