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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.
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Just before 2:00PM, Lehigh Township Fire was dispatched to Route 145 in the area of Mulberry Lane for an auto extrication.
When the rescue company arrived, firefighters found a violent two car head-on crash on 145 between Mulberry and Willow. One patient still in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue workers cut the roof and doors off one car to free the occupants.
EMS requested two medical helo's to fly. The rescue was complete in 20 minutes. Two more occupants were flown to area trauma centers while a third was transported by ambulance.
The road was closed for a few hours while Lehigh Township Police investigated the crash.
Around 18:30 hours Sunday evening, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted rescue box 2547 for 1725 Chew Street at the Ritz for an auto extrication. Arriving on location, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) found a car against the restaurant wall with a body of an elderly female pinned between the car and building. A medic on the scene pronounced her D.O.A.
Additional medic units were requested for three additional patients who were all transported to Saint Lukes Allentown with minor injuries. Engine 9 remained on the scene while the battalion chief and the other equipment were released and returned to quarters.
The driver of the car, an elderly male, accidentally put the car in reverse instead of drive and backed into the building.
The accident is under investigation by the Allentown Police Department.
First four photos by Photographer Dennis Wetherhold Jr. and the bottom photo by Photographer Mike Nester of NVP.
Greenwich, PA. — At 1:15 PM Monday, Berks County Station 46 and Lehigh County Stations 51 and 25 were dispatched to Interstate 78 eastbound mile marker 41.4 between Krumsville and the New Smithville exit for a crash with multiple cars, a tractor trailer and fire.
A total of 5 vehicles were involved with the tractor trailer. The Tractor trailer and at least 4 cars were burning when the fire department arrived. The highway was shut down in both directions while firefighters battled the fires and attended to victims.
A total of 3 people were killed in the aftermath. The interstate was closed past 23:00 hours while investigators worked the scene.
Video and photos by Mike Nester of NVP. You can see all of his photos here.
At 14:15 hours Wednesday, Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion Chief 43 were sent on box 3342 for 56 Adams Island on a reported house fire. Battalion 43 could see heavy black smoke as they turned out on Chew Street in Center City.
Engine 13 arrives and signals a fully-involved 2-story dwelling with a report of people trapped. The report was a woman on the second floor in a closet. Firefighters stretched a hand line into operation while members went to the second floor to conduct a search for the female.
A second hand line was stretched to the rear of the dwelling for heavy fire on the exterior. The Battalion Chief ordered the hand lines protect the members on the second floor conducting the search.
As members frantically searched the second floor, 43 arrived and transmitted a second alarm and ordered all members out of the dwelling due to deteriorating conditions. Firefighters made one last attempt searching on the second floor before evacuating. The push paid off, the female was found and was brought down via a ground ladder to Paramedics. Despite the rescue, the female was pronounced dead at the scene.
Once all firefighters were evacuated and accounted for, Ladder 2 set up and used their elevated master stream to darken down the bulk of the fire. Portions of the dwelling collapsed.
Assigned to the second alarm was Engine 4 and Engine 10. Volunteer companies were sent to city firehouses to cover the city in case of another fire. Allentown Battalion 5 was placed in-service to cover calls in the city.
The Fire Marshal's office was on the scene investigating into the night looking for a cause of the fire.
One firefighter received minor burns and was transported to the hospital.
The above video and photos by Mike Nester and the video below is by Jay Wagner.
Approximately 21:35 hours Monday night, Hanover Township Northampton County Fire was sent to 1930 Mark Twain Circle for a house fire with entrapment.
Command quickly upgraded the tactical box to a full 1st alarm bringing with it multiple fire companies from surrounding municipalities. Catasauqua Rescue 2 was the designated F.A.S.T. company.
First arriving members found a victim inside the dwelling but was D.O.A. Companies stretched multiple hand lines. The fire went defensive almost immediately. Hanover Tower Ladder 15-21 was put into service with its elevated master stream.
Companies remained on scene for over 4 hours dousing the flames. The Coroners office was on the scene. At the time of this writing, one person was confirmed dead and until firefighters can get in the fire building to do a thorough search, it will be unknown if other people were inside the home.
At 01:45 hours Monday morning, Easton Fire Department was summoned to 724 Spring Garden Street for a house fire. On arrival companies found fire venting from the 2nd floor windows of a 3-story duplex. There were reports of multiple people trapped.
EMS command requested additional EMS units to the scene.
Hand lines were stretched to the fire floor and within minutes, the fire was darkened down. Searches came up positive on the #2 and #3 floors where firefighters found the deceased victims. One of the victims was a child. One female was rescued and rushed to an awaiting ambulance. She was rushed to a local hospital. It appeared that she had burns to the lower half of her body.
The fire is under investigation. Video by Mike Nester.
North Whitehall, Pa. -Just before 15:30 Monday afternoon, rescue workers and divers were dispatched to the Grouse Hall Pond at 3335 Levans Road for a 40 year-old male that fell into the pond. Rescue workers successfully found the man under water and pulled him from the pond before emergency divers arrived. They performed CPR on him before rushing him to the back of the awaiting ambulance. He died from his injuries.
Fire Station 22, EMS 67 and Whitehall Township Dive Team were on the scene.
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