Emergency crews extricate trapped victim of single vehicle accident

Dec. 27 2020 extricate
Dec. 27 2020 extricate
Photo courtesy GFR

A single-vehicle accident in Gainesville early Sunday morning resulted in four victims being transported to UF Health Shands.

According to Gainesville Fire Rescue District Chief Cary T. Williams, both GFR and Alachua County Fire Rescue crews responded to a call about a motor vehicle accident at SE 11th Avenue and SE 13th Street at 3:26 a.m.

On scene, GPD officers informed the GFR unit that four people were involved in a single-vehicle accident. Three of the accident victims were out of the vehicle, and one patient remained trapped inside, according to Williams.

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GFR Lt. Tracy Higdon upgraded the call to a vehicle accident with extrication, according to reports.

The Combined Communications Center (CCC) then dispatched GFR ladder truck No. 1, Rescue Squad No. 1, District 1, and ACFR Transport No. 30. Additional units arrived on the scene within minutes of being dispatched to find GFR E1 evaluating three patients, while Rescue 31 attended to the one patient who remained entrapped inside the vehicle.

Chief Williams arrived on the scene and established incident command. GFR units Ladder Truck No. 1 and SQ1 began extricating the patient out of the vehicle upon arrival. Due to the vehicle’s significant damage, it took crews 30 minutes to free the patient out of the car, according to reports.

All four patients were transported to UF Health Shands by ACFR Transport Rescues 30, 31, and 35. Two crash victims had life-threatening injuries, and two had non-life-threatening injuries.

GPD is investigating the cause of the accident.

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