Virginia Firefighters Perform Extrications in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- At 9:30 PM on November 30, 2004, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad was dispatched for the report of a motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Duty-1 (the on-duty supervisor) arrived to find a two-vehicle accident involving a Honda Civic and a Jeep Cherokee. During his initial scene survey he found three occupants in the Civic - one fatality and two unconscious priority red patients - all of which were heavily pinned. In the Cherokee he found a single priority yellow patient.

Squad 133 arrived three minutes after dispatch and its crew quickly went to work disintangling the two unconscious patients from the Civic. The first patient was freed in four minutes and the second patient three minutes later. While crew from the heavy squad was performing the extrication, Duty-1 called for three additional ambulances for a total of four. Medic 140, Medic 141, Ambulance 143 and Ambulance 144 were the transport units on scene.

Both victims extricated from the Honda Civic later died of their injuries. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee was treated for non-critical injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.