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Lehigh County

Wrong Way Driver Causes Multiple Accidents On Route 22 Saturday Night

July 27, 2014 at 12:44AM

Just before 23:00 hours, Lehigh County Fire Dispatch sent Station 32 to Rt. 22 Westbouind between 15th Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard for multiple accidents. One accident at mile marker 319 had two people trapped in two separate vehicles.

Chief 32 (Held) special-called an additional rescue to assist Rescue 11-41 and an additional engine from Upper Macungie 56.

A dark colored pick up truck was traveling east in the westbound lanes from Cedar Crest Boulevard causing multiple accidents.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

2nd Alarm:  Truck Hauling Hay Burns On Mauch Chunk Road

July 26, 2014 at 11:53PM

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Around 16:20 hours Saturday afternoon, Woodlawn Station 32 was dispatched to the area of Rothrock Motors on Mauch Chunk Road for a report of a truck on fire hauling hay.

Chief 32 arrives to find a working fire and strikes out the 2nd alarm due to the size of the load. Whitehall Township sent an engine to assist with the South Whitehall companies.

Allentown Engine 10 was moved up to the Woodlawn station to cover calls in their district. Crews were still on the scene at 23:00 hours.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Automobile Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Duplex Heavily Damaged In 3-Alarm Fire In Catasauqua, PA.

July 26, 2014 at 7:21PM

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At 10:58 AM Lehigh County dispatched Catasauqua Station 2 and North Catasauqua Engine 18-11 to 725 Crane Street for a house fire. Dispatchers were receiving numerous calls and radio transmissions from other chief officers in the area that heavy smoke was showing in the vicinity.

The police arrived and confirmed the address was well-involved in fire to the rear of the dwelling.

Engine 211 approached from 3rd Street on Chestnut Street while Engine 18-11 approached from 4th Street on Chestnut Street. Both companies brought their own water supply. Three hand lines were stretched from Engine 211 and two hand lines from Engine 18-11.

Chief 2 didn't waste anytime adding two additional engines and a F.A.S.T. company to the box.

Crews worked fast to darken down the bulk of the fire on the exterior of the building while crews made a push on the interior from the front.

One person was unaccounted for on the second floor in the rear but was found outside as the interior crews made a primary search.

The firefighters were taking a beating from the heat of the fire plus the outside temperatures. Command special-called additional two alarms for manpower to replace worn out firefighters. They had a tough time inside as the fire spread within the walls.

Early stages of the investigation point to a possible cigarette that started a propane tank fire attached to a gas grille against the rear of the house. No injuries were reported.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

Two Flown, Three Extricated From Vehicle That Left The Interstate And Down An Embankment

July 08, 2014 at 6:32PM

Around 1345 hrs on Tuesday Crews from Upper Saucon Volunteer Fire Department, Se-Wy-Co Fire Company, and Upper Saucon Ambulance Corps were dispatched to I-78 Eastbound in the area of Mile marker 60 for an accident with rescue.

When crews arrived they found a vehicle rolled off the highway down an embankment and they had two adults and one child trapped. Crews worked for over an hour in high heat to remove all victims from the hospital two of which were flown to the hospital, and the third went by ground.

In all Units From those 3 Stations along with crews from Lower Milford Volunteer Fire Company #1, Coopersburg Fire Rescue, Eastern Salisbury Fire Dept, Western Salisbury Fire Department, Macungie Ambulance Corps (rehab), Emmaus EMS, Bucks County Medic 108, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, PennSTAR Flight Team, and LVHN MedEvac worked to successfully remove all victims and transport them to local hospitals.

Video, Photos and Story by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Whitehall Township

Three Trapped In Horrific Car Wreck On Fullerton Avenue Sending Six To The Hospital

July 01, 2014 at 12:26AM

At 21:38 Monday evening, Whitehall Rescue's 8 & 5, Engine 11 and EMS 62 under the command of Deputy Chief Shambo responded to Fullerton Avenue and Allison Street for the injury accident with rescue.

Engine 11 (3612) arrives and reports a two vehicle MVA blocking the south bound lanes with one on its roof and multiple people pinned.

Tools were put in service from Rescue 8 (3641) and the roof pulled on the car that was on all four wheels. Rescue 5 (4041) arrives and puts their tools in-service and takes a door off the Durango that's on its roof.

Three people had to be extricated. Three children were also in the cars and were out of the vehicles upon the arrival of the fire department.

A total of 6 people were transported to area hospitals in unknown conditions.

The accident is under investigation by Whitehall Police.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Whitehall Township

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizen Extinguishes Fire To Save House Before The Arrival Of Firefighters

June 27, 2014 at 7:06PM

At 18:00 Friday, Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 3006 North 5th Avenue for a reported dwelling fire sending Engines 3, 13, 4, 14, 6 Truck and Rescue 8 under the command of Car 16 (Benner).

A gas can was on fire in the driveway near the garage. As the fire started to extend into the structure, a civilian armed with an extinguisher attacked the fire then went inside the garage to hit a small pocket fire inside garage.

The fire for the most part was extinguished before the arrival of the fire department.

First due Squrt 3 arrived and stretched a hand line as a precaution and to hit some hot spots that remained. Engine 4 dropped a supply line from a hydrant a block away at 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue. The engine crew from 4 stretched a dry line to the garage. A supply line was brought off the back of the squrt and connected to a hydrant behind them at 5th and Chestnut.

2 vehicles in the garage sustained damage in the fire. The garage structure also sustained minor damage. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials told Newsworking the homeowner was trying to fill a lighter in the garage, possibly igniting the fire.



Lehigh County

PRE-ARRIVAL VIDEO: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE PICK-UP TRUCK FIRE ON INTERSTATE 78

May 11, 2014 at 4:55PM

This video and photos are from Rich Rolen. He arrived before the fire department on this job just before 1:00 PM Sunday on Interstate 78 eastbound just west of the Hamilton Boulevard exit.

Upper Macungie Fire department was dispatched. Trexlertown Tanker 25-21 was first on the scene.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

FATAL ACCIDENT: MEDEVAC REQUESTED AT SCENE OF AUTO EXTRICATION ON RT. 145

April 12, 2014 at 4:15PM

North Whitehall, PA. - Just before 09:00 hours Saturday, North Whitehall Stations 12, 16, 22 and Lehigh Twp. Rescue 47-41 were sent to Rt. 145 and Clearview Road for a Head-on accident.

Once on scene, companies found two cars with heavy intrusion on the driver side of both vehicles and numerous people pinned. The scene is about a 1/4 mile north of Clearview Road on Rt. 145.

Medevac helicopter was requested to the scene. Medevac landed just south of the intersection of Rt. 145 and Clearview.

One patient was flown via the helicopter. Two people had critical injuries. A 65 year-old female was pronounced dead at the hospital.

State Police said a 19 year-old female crossed over to the opposing lane and struck a car head-on.

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Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

JAWS OF LIFE CUT DRIVER OUT OF CAR THAT STRUCK A TRACTOR TRAILER ON CEDAR CREST BOULEVARD

April 03, 2014 at 3:06PM

At 08:44 Thursday, April 03, 2014 South Whitehall Rescue 11-41 and Station 32 with EMS 62 responded to Cedar Crest Blvd. and Iron Bridge Road for an Auto Extrication.

On scene, they found a car that rolled over after hitting a tractor trailer and pinned the driver.

Rescue 11-41 put the cutters in service and cut the roof off the car to free the driver.

The driver was transported to the hospital. The condition of the patient is unknown.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

RESCUERS USE SPREADERS AT AUTO EXTRICATION ON MAUCH CHUNK ROAD IN SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, PA

March 21, 2014 at 8:19PM

At 15:40 hours Friday, March 21, 2014, Lehigh County Fire Radio sent Woodlawn and Greenawalds Fire and EMS 62 to the intersection of Mauch Chunk Road and Presidential Drive for a rescue.

Chief 32 arrives and reports one person trapped in back seat of car and a female on the ground injured.

Tanker 32 arrives and stretches a precautionary hand line and cribs the vehicle. Greenawalds Rescue 11 arrives shortly after and both companies put the spreaders into service to take the rear passenger door off and safely extricate the patient.

The red car was pulling out of Presidential to make a left on Mauch Chunk Road when it was T-boned by a car traveling northbound on Mauch Chunk. Two people were transported to the hospital. The roadway was closed in both directions while police and fire officials operated at the scene.

Tags:   Lehigh County   Rescue