At 10:15 AM Wednesday, a charter bus and tractor trailer collided on Rt. 380 mile marker 4 in Monroe County. An MCI was declared and ambulances from at least 4 counties including one from the City of Allentown responded to the area. Initial reports into Newsworking stated it was a school bus.
Two people are reported dead and multiple people were trapped in the bus. Three medical helicopters, Medevac, Lifeflight and Pennstar transported the most critically injured to area trauma centers.
The less serious patients were transported by ground to Pocono Regional. A total of 14 people were injured.
A progress report from the scene at 11:18 said two class 1 patients were being flown by Lifeflight and one patient by Pennstar. Both aircraft are still on the ground at the time of this progress report. Most of the class 3 patients are being transported by ground to Pocono Regional. All viable patients have now been extricated from the bus except the two Class 5's (Deceased). Rescue companies will now commence extrication on the deceased.
Photo submitted by Newsworking Fan Lori Mann-Gibson.
WATCH: Dramatic video of man climbing out of second-story window as smoke and fire engulfs Chalet Apartments in Birmingham. #LiveOn3340 News at 6, the man in the video talks about his incredible escape! Story with full video: bit.ly/1HuT805
New video of Monday's apartment fire in southwest Birmingham shows the dramatic rescue of a man who was trapped in a second-story unit.
The nearly 3-minute-long video, courtesy of Alden Snow, first shows thick, brown smoke billowing from Chalet Apartments on 17th Avenue South before a resident appears climbing out of a window, gasping for air. Seconds later, the man can be seen clinging to the side of the building while firefighters work to place a ladder nearby for him to climb down.
Fortunately, the man was able to make it down to the ground before fire destroyed the apartments, displacing dozens of residents. He was taken to the hospital and later released after being treated for smoke inhalation.
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At 10:20, BOX 4325 was transmitted for a house fire at 541 E. Tioga Street sending Engines 14, 6, 11, 9, Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Henrick). Engine 14 arrived with 2 firefighters (Short 1 FF) and reported a working fire and people trapped. The Battalion Chief ordered the firefighter to wait for additional firefighters to team up with before going inside the 1-story dwelling to search for the trapped person.
With a confirmed person trapped inside, the firefighter couldn't wait any longer and went inside alone to search for the person. Moments later, he radioed that he is bringing one female out to EMS.
EMS transported the female to the hospital in serious condition. Two hand lines were stretched for a car fire in the basement garage.
The 1st platoon was short on manpower with only 23 Firefighters on the shift today. The manpower on a platoon in previous contracts had 30 firefighters working a shift. Today, 2 Engine companies were short 1 firefighter a piece. The current contract only calls for 25 firefighters per shift.
One firefighter was injured battling this blaze.
This fire is a good example of the importance of having proper staffing levels on each apparatus. When a fire apparatus is under-staffed, it puts a strain on the firefighters, who now have to do numerous jobs and risk injury to themselves or their members.
Most cities the size of Allentown have 4 firefighters on each apparatus. Allentown operates 6 Engines, 1 Quint and 1 Ladder Truck. Previously the department had 10 Engines and 3 Ladder Trucks.
Just before 14:00 on Sunday, Allentown Fire sends Engine 10 and 4 to 23rd and Union Streets for a reported car fire. Moments later, box 2733 is transmitted for a auto extrication at the that intersection. The rescue box is filled out sending Engines 9, 11, Truck 2, Battalion 43, Medic 1 and Medic 100.
Engine 10 arrives and reports one person heavily entrapped and a car that is in two pieces. The Battalion chief orders Engine 9 and 11 to put their rescue tools in-service to remove the roof and dash board. Members from Truck 2 are instructed to park their apparatus and report to the car for manpower.
The victim is removed a while later and transported to the trauma center in critical condition. The accident is under investigation.
Photos by Mike Nester. More photos can be viewed here.
At 08:00, Box 4131 was transmitted for a structural fire at the Burger King at 1958 South 4th Street sending Engines 14, 11, 9, 6, Ladder 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45. Engine 14 arrives and reports light smoke from the roof of the 1-story restaurant and investigates. They find a fire in the hood vent and use extinguishers to put the fire out. The Battalion Chief instructs the Tower Ladder to set-up on the south side of the building and go to the roof to check for fire extension. Crews find a small fire on the roof and extinguish it.
Approximately 09:25, Box 2566 is transmitted for a structural fire at the Liberty Nursing Home located at 17th and Allen Streets sending Engines 10, 4, 6, 13, Ladder 2 and Battalion 43. Engine 10 arrives and investigates a report of a fire on the 3rd floor. The initial call came in by 9-1-1 from an employee of the facility and by now, bells are sounding and the sprinkler is activated while Engine 10 members make it to the third floor where they find a smoke condition. Battalion 43 reports water flowing from an air conditioner on the 3rd floor. Engine 10 gains entry to a room and discover a kitchen fire that is extinguished by the sprinkler. The patients are moved to a secure wing on the third floor protected by a fire door. Firefighters vent the structure. No injuries are reported.
While the Comm Center is transmitting box 2566, calls are coming in for an automobile accident with people trapped. Box 4255 is transmitted for Filbert and Susquehanna for an auto extrication sending Engines 14, 11 and 9. At this point, all companies in the city are being put to work. No further details on the wreck are available.
Early Sunday evening, Fire Dispatch transmitted a rescue box to the area of 3rd & Tilghman Streets for an auto extrication sending Engines 6, 9, Truck 2 and Battalion 43.
Engine 6 reports one patient heavily pinned in the SUV and orders the rescue companies to go in-service with their tools. The Battalion Chief special-called Engine 11 for additional rescue resources and manpower.
The patient was removed from the vehicle and transported to an area trauma center by the paramedics in critical condition. The accident is under investigation.
At 04:06 Wednesday morning, Whitehall Rescue companies and an Engine from Egypt along with EMS 62 were dispatched to Route 145 and Chestnut Street for an auto extrication.
Police went on scene and requested fire and EMS to expedite due to the nature of the accident. A large dump truck hit a pick-up truck and there's major damage to both vehicles.
Assistant Chief B. Monahan was the first fire officer on scene and recalled Fullerton's Rescue. The driver of the pick-up truck was pronounced dead at the scene.
Route 145 was ordered shut down in both directions from Rt. 329 to Columbia Street and Chestnut Street was shut down from Ruch to Church Street. The road's remained closed for much of the morning as the investigation continued.
Photos by Nester Video Production. To see more photos of this horrific crash CLICK HERE.
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.
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