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FRAZER TOWNSHIP, PA. – Rescue crews from Eureka Fire Rescue rushed to the scene of an accident along Butler Logan Road for a man trapped underneath his vehicle. It appeared the red SUV was traveling away from the Mills Mall when the vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a small dirt embankment in a residential yard next to the highway. Radio dispatch reported the man was pinned under his vehicle.
The other vehicle was a small mini-van driven by Sharon Arce’s mother of Cheswick. Arce said her mother and niece were headed towards the Mills Mall and had to stop her van for fear of being hit head-on by the approaching vehicle as it crossed the center of the roadway. Arce said after the red vehicle hit the embankment the front wheel of the red SUV was resting against the back side of her van. Both her mother and niece were transported to a local hospital.
Rescue crews called for air bags and a conventional tow truck expedite to the scene along with multiple EMS units. LifeFlight was dispatched to the Frazer Township Fire Department for a landing zone. Rescue crews requested the medical flight crew to go directly to the crash scene and also requested blood to be transported immediately.
Eureka’s Deputy Chief Brad James said its standard practice anymore to call for tow truck assistance to the scene when key words are heard in the dispatch or size up of the emergency. Eureka works with Terry’s Towing Service and includes wrecker service as part of their rescue training. It’s important both crews work together in harmony at the scene. Today’s incident required both vehicles to be “married up” and stabilized before patient extrication could begin. The vehicles were chained together said James, a process that works well towards insuring complete patient safety as the actual rescue begins. The young man was partially ejected in the crash, and suffered crushing injuries to his torso and abdomen. The victim was flown to Allegheny General Hospital by LifeFlight.
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AKVNEWS reported on a story just a day ago when a young girl was trapped in a tree with injuries in East Deer Township. That story partially highlighted Eureka’s Heavy Rescue truck and its incredible value to the communities it serves. This was a crash of major proportions where a man’s life is literally on the line by the enormous scope of the incident. Not enough thanks can be said to the rescue crews, mobile Pulsar units, police, firefighters, EMS crews and fire police for their dedication and volunteerism to come, “To the Rescue”, these past few days. Motorists are urged to slow down this holiday weekend.
Assisting Frazer Police were Frazer Township Fire Departments, Eureka Fire Rescue, AK-Pulsar, East Deer Fire and EMS, Springdale Fire, New Kensington EMS and Citizen’s Hose EMS.