Bethlehem Township, PA. - Shortly before 13:30 hours Wednesday Afternoon Bethlehem Township Fire and EMS were dispatched to mile marker 1 on route 33 northbound for an accident with entrapment.
The accident involved a tractor trailer and a charter bus. The driver of the truck was heavily pinned. EMS Command requested a MCI for about 40 patients on the bus which was carrying the Army Basketball Team.
The driver of the truck was extricated in about 45 minutes and was transported to a local trauma center. Route 33 was closed for couple of hours while they cleaned up the scene and investigation.
Late Wednesday morning crews are dispatched to I-78 Eastbound between Summit Lawn and Lehigh Street for a reported Tractor trailer accident with rescue and fire.
As crews go responding heavy smoke is seen pushing off South Mountain from the highway, first officer on location reports no pin however they had two trucks heavily involved and 4 additional tankers are immediately requested.
A total of 3 EMS units are requested for patients and an additional one is added do to icing conditions. Lehigh County Hazmat is requested for a large fuel spill from one of the trucks and the interstate partially opened about two hours after the crash.
Allentown, Pa. -Box 3232 was transmitted at 23:33 for a report of a fire in an apartment building with people trapped in apartments at 285 East Union Street (S. Carlisle St.) sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Henrick).
43 arrives and reports fire showing from the second floor of a 2-story multiple dwelling. Engine 13 brings water to the fire from the plug at S. Carlisle and E. Union Streets and stretched 1 hand line to the top floor.
Engine 9 crew under the command of Lt. James Kutz throws a ground ladder to the second floor window and rescues 3 tenants from the apartment. Battalion 43's Aide rescues 1 tenant from the 1st floor.
Companies stretching to the second floor find heavy fire in a laundry room located at the front of the building. The fire quickly darkens down.
Truck 2 flies the bucket to the roof and cuts a vent hole.
All the tenants rescued were not injured and EMS did not transport anyone.
Battalion 43 special-calls one additional engine on top of the 1st alarm. Engine 4 is dispatched as the additional company.
Red Cross assisted the tenants. All utilities were shut off to the building therefore the tenants had to be relocated for the evening.
Slatington, Pa. - At 01:00 hours Wednesday morning, Lehigh County stations 24 and EMS 67 were dispatched to 1227 Main Street near Grove Street for an auto extrication.
Chief 24-02 (Nicholas) arrives on location and reports 1 person heavily entrapped under the dash with poles and wires down and requested Walnutport Rescue 29 and the helicopter put on stand-by.
Rescue crews from Slatington and Walnutport worked for 90 minutes cutting away the car to free the victim. The driver's legs were trapped under the dashboard. Once free, the ambulance transported the patient to an awaiting PennStar Helicopter at the Borough pool.
Station 16 (Neffs) was called in to cover the Slatington Fire Station but was later called to the scene to help rotate through exhausted rescue workers.
Crews remained on the scene while police conducted their investigation.
Photos and video by our correspondent Mike Nester.
Whitehall, Pa. - Just before 08:00 hours, Whitehall Fire, Cetronia EMS and Whitehall Police responded to the 200 block of 5th Street Between Fairmont Avenue and Florida Avenue for a injury accident with roll-over.
Police arrived and reported 1 person that needed to be extricated from the over-turned SUV.
The SUV slammed into a few parked cars on the west side of the street (southbound) and over-turned on its side. Firefighters removed the windshield and the roof to remove the occupant.
Whitehall Rescue 8, 5 and Engine 1 were on location.
North Whitehall, Pa. - The time was 10:30 PM when a call went out for Lehigh County Stations 12 (Laurys Station) and EMS 67 for a wreck with injuries on Rt. 145 near Neffs Laurys Road. Moments later, fire dispatchers transmitted a full rescue box for the same address sending Rescue 22 (Schnecksville), Rescue 47 (Lehigh Twp.) and 16 (Neffs) for a full response.
A fire officer on the scene radioed comm center and reported 1 male heavily pinned and at least 6 patients. All rescue companies went in-service with tools including cutters and spreaders to cut the man out of his red car.
The man, Ronald Toribio, of Whitehall was southbound when he crossed the yellow line and struck a car going northbound. That car had two females in it and they were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
PennStar (medical helicopter) was dispatched but when they were airborne, they aborted the flight because of fog.
It took over 30 minutes to free the man from the mangled car. He was rushed to a local trauma center by ambulance and succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. A total of 3 victims were involved in the accident, not 6 as stated in the beginning phases of this incident.
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.
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