• 4/12/14 | 08:45 | AUTO EXTRICATION | NORTH WHITEHALL | RT. 145 AT CLEARVIEW ROAD | 2 CARS HEAD ON | 2 RESCUE COMPANIES IN-SERVICE FOR MULTIPLE PEOPLE PINNED | MEDEVAC CALLED TO SCENE

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.

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  


Lehigh County

EXTENSIVE RESCUE OPERATIONS IN SOUTHERN LEHIGH COUNTY AS TWO TRACTOR TRAILERS COLLIDE ON RT. 309

February 14, 2014 at 9:46PM

Upper Saucon, PA. - Just before 11:00 AM Friday morning, Lehigh County Fire Dispatch transmitted a rescue box to the intersection of Rt. 309 and Center Valley Parkway.

Fire command arrived on scene and found a tractor trailer into the side of another trailer with the driver heavily entrapped.

EMS command requested a trauma team from LVHC to respond to the scene.

4 Rescue companies were called along with Lehigh County Special-ops / Haz-mat. Rescue's from Upper Saucon, Coopersburg, Eastern Salisbury and Se-Wy-Co assisted at the scene.

It took rescue technicians 3 hours to free the driver from the wreckage. His condition was unknown.

Video by Jay Wagner and photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Northampton County

MASS CASUALTY DECLARED WHEN TRACTOR TRAILER HITS BUS LOADED WITH 40 COLLEGE STUDENTS ON RT. 33

February 05, 2014 at 11:38PM

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.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester of N.V.P.

Tags:   Accident   Northampton County   Rescue  


Northampton County

1 DEAD IN FIERY CRASH ON INTERSTATE 78 NEAR TOLL BOOTH

January 13, 2014 at 11:46PM

Williams Township, Pa. - Just after 8:00 AM Monday morning, a tractor trailer struck the rear of a car paying a toll at the toll booth on Interstate 78 entering Pennsylvania.

The tractor trailer burst into flames just west of the toll plaza. The tractor trailer damaged two booths at the plaza. When firefighters arrived, they discovered that a SUV was under the truck.

The driver of the SUV was killed in the crash. The interstate was closed while police investigated the accident.

Photos and video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Northampton County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

FIERY CRASH CLOSES INTERSTATE 78 IN SALISBURY TOWNSHIP

January 08, 2014 at 6:54PM

FIERY CRASH CLOSES INTERSTATE 78 IN SALISBURY TOWNSHIP

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.

Story and Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  


City of Allentown

4 PEOPLE RESCUED FROM APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE ON EAST UNION STREET

September 17, 2013 at 1:48AM

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.

Tags:   Allentown    Apartment    Rescue  


Whitehall Township

1 PERSON EXTRICATED IN AUTO ACCIDENT ON SCHADT AVENUE

September 05, 2013 at 9:40PM

Whitehall, Pa. - At 16:14 Thursday afternoon, Whitehall Engine 2, Rescue 8 and 5, EMS 62 were sent to Schadt Avenue and Mickley Avenue for the Auto Extrication.

Firefighters found a red Jeep on its side with a female inside with minor injuries. Rescuers remove the windshield to gain access to her and remove her.

Tags:   Accident   Rescue   Whitehall, PA.  


Lehigh County

MAN HEAVILY PINNED IN AUTO ACCIDENT ON MAIN STREET IN SLATINGTON

July 31, 2013 at 8:17PM

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.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue