09/01/12 I-85 Extrication

Posted on September 1, 2012

At around 4 PM on Saturday, 09/01/12, a box truck left the the roadway on southbound Interstate 85. The incident was observed by a Virginia State Trooper that was parked at the nearby turnaround. The accident was quickly reported by the trooper that the vehicle was in the trees and the occupant was entrapped. Company 4 was conducting a boot drive fund raiser at the time. Engine 4 was quickly  en route from the boot drive while Truck 4's 135 foot ladder had to be lowered to take down the American flag that was being flown.

Medic 42 arrived indicating that trees would need to be cut to gain access to the cab and that the dash board would likely need to be rolled. Engine 4 arrived, indicated that the truck was stabilized and subsequently began cutting the needed trees from the vehicle. Shortly after Truck 4's arrival, the two crews were able to remove the driver's side door and  extricate the driver who was subsequently transported to Southside Regional Medical Center with NLT injuries. 

The contents of the truck posed little hazard at the scene, except for responders that were hungry from a day of fund raising (the box truck was full of baked goods… om nom nom nom!).