Harrisonburg Extrication and Flyout after MVA

On February 2, 2012 around 2300 hours, Harrisonburg Rescue, Squad 41, and Engine 402 responded to a vehicle crash with reported overturned vehicle and people trapped on Mt. Clinton Pike just outside the City of Harrisonburg, Va. Upon arrival, units found one male patient ejected and two female patients trapped underneath an SUV that was on its side. Immediately crews began stabilization of the vehicle while treating the patients that were trapped under the vehicle.  Aircare 5 was requested to the scene along with 2 additional Harrisonburg Ambulances.  The two trapped patients were positioned on opposite sides of the vehicles making stabilization and extrication challenging. Crews used Paratech struts and Enerpac ram attachments to vertically lift the SUV to free both patients. One female patient was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center and the two others were transported by ground to Rockingham Memorial Hospital. The current condition of the patients is still unknown at this time.

Submitted by: Dustin Gladwell, Duty Officer Harrisonburg Rescue Squad

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