The Greenfields Fire Co. along with several mutual aide Companies was dispatched to the report of an MVA, with entrapment, on Cross Keys Road between Rt. 61 and Washington Rd. around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
Upon arrival firefighters found that a Hunyadi Elantra had sheered off a utility pole and came to rest on its roof on the east side of Cross Keys Road. The driver, and vehicle’s lone occupant, was trapped inside.
Assisting crews from Leesport Co. 37, Temple Co. 11, Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, and Bernville Co. 29 used the “Jaws of Life”, and worked for almost a half an hour before being able to free the patient from the vehicle. Extremely cold weather made starting the gasoline powered hydraulic pumps difficult, which added to the time it took to extricate the patient. The GFC’s battery operated “Jaw” was employed to begin the extrication process until the other, more powerful, hydraulic “Jaws” could be put into service.
The patient, who sustained unspecified injuries, was finally removed from the vehicle and transported to the hospital by Schuylkill Valley EMS.
Bern Township Fire Police closed the section of Cross Keys Rd. between Rt. 61 and Rickenbach Rd. They remained on scene until repair crews from MetEd arrived to facilitate replacement of the utility pole and restoration of power to the area.
MetEd estimated that it would take at least eight hours before power could be restored. Fire crews were released around 4:30 a.m.
Bern Township Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
Special thanks to Bernville Co. 29 who relocated to man the GFC Station during the incident.
Those responding for the GFC were: Chief Brian Fisher; Assistant Chief Scott Trate; FF Joe Green; FF Terry Royce; Fire Police Captain Charlie Kerschner; Fire police Officer Donny Sando; Fire Police Officer Jeff Allan; and Photographer Steve Spies.
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