Double fatal MVA, Marlborough/Southborough
A single car motor vehicle accident killed two sisters and seriously injured a thrid passenger this morning in Southborough, Massachusetts on the Marlborough line.
At around 01:00 hours on Thursday , October 13th, a Land Rover Discovery traveling at a high rate of speed on Cedar Hill Street slammed into a light pole, snapping it in three places. The car was impaled upside down on the pole with severe intrusion into the passenger compartment. The right front corner of the front bumper was the only part of the car in contact with the ground, and 13.8 Kv power lines were draped over the vehicle.
The pole was also the point where three large power cables for the underground conduits that served the 495 Technology Park complex connected with the 13.8 kv lines.
One victim was ejected from the vehicle on impact and was dead on scene at the base of the pole.
The other victim was dead on scene and suspended by the vehicle's seat belt.
The third passenger was sitting in the rear seat and was trapped between the floorboard and the roof and the pole intruding into the passenger compartment .
The first arriving unit was a Marlborough Police cruiser. Patrolman Andy Larose immdeiately requested the FD's ambulances additional police cruisers from both communities. A request was made for Life Flight. Life Flight and Boston Med Flight were unavailable, as both were grounded due to weather conditions.
Southborough Rescue 21, Engine 21 and Ambulance 21 was dispatched along with Southborough Chief John Mauro in Car 21. Chief Mauro was the incident commander.
Marlborough Fire units responding were Engine 1, Engine 2, Rescue 1 and Car 2 with Deputy Chief Fred Flynn and Patriot Ambulances P2 and P6.
Numeous Southborough and Marlborough PD units were also dispatched for traffic control and scene security.
Nothing could be done until the power was cut by Mass Electric/National Grid, as there was the possibility of the vehicle being energized and the lines coming down on rescue personnel. The time that went by while waiting for the power company was used to assure the surviving victim that we would get her out as soon as we could and to formulate a "game plan" for stabilizing and extricating her from the vehicle.
Southborough put in a call for Ted's (a towing firm with an arsenal of heavy equipment recovery trucks) for their 40 ton capacity wrecker and a flatbed.
Once the power was cut, personnel from Ted's stabilized the car using the 40 ton wrecker's crane boom. The flatbed wrecker was used to give the rescue personnel a platform to work off of.
Southborough Engine 21 and Marlborough Engine 1 pulled preconnected lines for scene safety
Three sets of hydraulic rescue tools were used to literally cut the rear end of the Land Rover away from the victim. As soon as it was safely possible to do so, the two deceased victims were extricated and removed to the side of the road to await the arrival of the hearse.
The passenger in the car stated that there was a 4th person in the vehicle. A search of the wooded area around the crash site was undertaken using personnel from both Departments, thermal imaging cameras and a State Police K9 unit.
The State Police accident reconstruction team was also dispatched to the scene.
The extrication time was almost two hours, due to the need of having the power shut down and the severity of the entrapment.
Once the surviving passnger was removed, she was transported to UMass Medical Center by Patriot Ambulance unit P6. Her injuries were a fractured pelvis, bilateral femur fractures, a closed head injury and internal injuries.
Marlborough Rescue 1 remained on scene to provide lighting for the accident recon team.
Southborough FD set up a CISD debreifing at their HQ station.
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10-13-2005, 12:53 PM #1
Double fatal MVA, Marlborough/Southborough"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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10-14-2005, 03:22 PM #2
These are the two young people killed in the accident. It has been devastating to the family and the community.
Last edited by CaptainGonzo; 10-15-2005 at 09:50 AM."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
10-15-2005, 06:23 PM #3
How truly sad!
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10-17-2005, 10:25 AM #4
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