Ohio Fatal Car vs. Tractor Trailor

On November 23, 2003 at 1830 hrs, Moraine Fire crew's received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 75. Crews arrived to find a semi truck, fully involved in fire from about the rear trailer axles to the front of the cab. The driver of the semi had escaped the truck prior to FD arrival. Command also advised that a car was crushed under the rear of the trailer, against a concrete wall and a victim could be heard screaming in the car. The accident had turned the crushed car backwards on the road and had split a full diesel tank on the semi tractor, which immediately caught fire.

The first due engine/rescue deployed hand lines and successfully protected the passenger vehicle and its occupants as an exposure. Additional apparatus arrived and laid supply lines and crews brought the truck fire under control. Once the fire was under control, crews approached the trapped driver of the car from underneath the rear of the trailer. At that time, crews found the driver trapped and injured along with a passenger that had died from injuries during the initial accident. Crews used cribbing to stabilize the trailer used spreaders and cutters to open the vehicle and used a ram set to do a dash roll up to remove the driver, who was flown to a local emergency room. He survived the injuries of the accident.

Once the scene was completely secured, the trailer was lifted off of the vehicle and the vehicle was pulled out from under the trailer. Crews then extricated the second victim of the accident. Moraine crews were assisted by several mutual aid companies from Dayton, Miami Township, West Carrollton and Kettering.