MAHANOY TOWNSHIP (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: On March 30, 2011 at 12:30 hours the Shenandoah ALS, Mahanoy City Fire Department and Ambulance were dispatched to a vehicle accident with injuries. The accident was reported to be in the area of the Coal Company on the Burma Road in Mahanoy Township. Delano Township Fire Chief 6 and Engine 6-10 was on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with an injury.
Citizens Engine 454 and West End Rescue 993 responded to the scene and found a pick up truck off the road way into a large metal link fence. The vehicle went off the roadway and sheared off high voltage electric pole. The driver was still in the vehicle and talking with the Delano Township fire fighters. The driver stated he was unable to get out of the vehicle due to a stuck drivers door. He also complained of back and chest injuries.
West End Rescue 993 parked next to the pick up truck and deployed it rescue tools. West End Fire Fighters forced the truck’s door open to extricate the driver. Citizens Engine 454 staged on the roadway and deployed foam hose lines. Citizen’s fire fighters stood by with the foam line until the patient was extricated.
The driver was removed and immobilized on the ambulance litter with a spine board. West End rescuers had to cut the large metal fence with the hydraulic cutter to create a pathway. The patient was unable to be moved behind the pick up due to the low hanging live wires. Fire fighters helped carried the patient to the Mahanoy City Ambulance to be evaluated by Medic 64. The driver was then transported to a local hospital due to his serious injuries.
The highways remained closed to traffic do to low hanging live wires. The power company responded to the scene to replace the shear off pole. Engine 454 stood by on the scene while its crew provided traffic control and waited for the tow truck. The vehicle received moderate damage and had to be towed from the scene.
The State Police reported the driver who was an assistant fire chief lost control of the pickup truck. The driver made an attempt to swerve and miss a fire hose that fell off a fire engine. The injured assistant chief and Engine 6-10 were both returning from a house trailer fire in Ryan Township.