Motor Vehicle Crash with Fatality in Newark, Delaware

On July 1st, at 2:09 am, Aetna Hose, Hook, & Ladder Company (Stations 7-8- 9), along with Medic 3, Paramedic 589, ALS 21, and ALS 16, was dispatched for a MVC with entrapment at the intersection of Elkton Road and Christina Parkway.

Ambulance A-9 had just cleared a EMS call near-by and arrived at 02:10. A-9's crew found a 2 vehicle crash with both vehicles being approximately 50 feet apart. A-9's crew split in order to check on injuries.

A SUV was found to have 2 occupants with minor injuries who were already out of the vehicle. The 2nd vehicle was a small car that had been struck in the drivers' door. The driver of that vehicle was found to be trapped and in cardiac arrest. A-9's crew initiated resuciation efforts on that patient.

ALS 21 and Engine 7-4 arrived on scene by 2:16 am. A-9's crew tried to rapidly extricate their patient, but were unable to get her legs free. 7-4's crew was advised of this, and they set up for extrication. At this point Medic 3 also arrived. The vehicle was first stabilized, and then 7-4's holmatro combination tool was placed in service. While the extrication was going on, Ambulance A-8 and Paramedic 589 arrived and began assessing the 2 occupants of the SUV. 1 was a refusal and the 2nd was transported to Christiana ER BLS only.

As the extrication was being completed, ALS contacted Christiana ER via Med Channel and received orders for pronouncement. Engine 9-5 and Rescue 8 also made the response, but the extrication was completed prior to their arrival.

Assistant Chief 9-8B placed the scene under control at 2:36 am, and requested DELDOT to respond in order to assist with the lengthy closing of the roadway. 9-5 stood-by in order to provide lighting until the arrival of a DELDOT light tower. Once that arrived, 9-5 cleared at 3am and the scene was turned over to Newark police for the investigation.