SAINT CLAIR (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: - On January 31, 2012 at 06:50 hours the Saint Clair Fire Department (Alert, Columbia and Rescue Fire Companies), Pottsville ALS and Saint Clair Ambulance were dispatched to a vehicle accident at the intersection of Russell Street and Route 61. Multiple phone calls reported there was an accident involving a pedestrian struck.
Minute later, additional phone calls reported there were multiple vehicles involved and one driver was trapped in his vehicle. Saint Clair Police officer arrived first and found that there were three or more vehicles involved. The Saint Clair bypass was completely blocked by traffic that was at a stand still. A passenger car was overturned on its roof in the south bound lane with driver self extricated. An SUV ran head on into a tractor trailer in the north bound lane. The two disable vehicles were now blocking the rest of the roadway. The Saint Clair Police requested that all additional available local and State Police units respond to the accident scene to assist with traffic control.
Rescue 707, Alert Engine 701 and Columbia Engine 702 went on scene and stage in the south bound lane. Fire fighters examined the overturned passenger vehicle for fluid leaks. The second vehicle and tractor trailer had major front-end damage and they were still on the roadway. The tractor trailer was still on the roadway, facing south, in the north bound lane of Route 61.
The crew from Rescue 707 assisted the EMS crew in extricating and moving the driver to the ambulance. A medical helicopter was requested to be on stand by but was later cancelled. One driver was then evaluated by Pottsville ALS and transported to a local hospital.
Fire fighters had to use hi-dry to contain a leak that was coming from the damage tractor-trailer. They had to use brooms to sweep the large amount of debris that was lying about the roadway. The fire units stood by on the scene while the tow truck removed the wrecked vehicles. The State Police assisted the Saint Clair Police by providing traffic control around the accident scene.
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