Fatal MVC - Iron Branch Rd. @ Possum Point Bridge
Monday, June 8, 2015
On Tuesday, 05 August, the Sussex EOC alerted the Dagsboro VFC along with Frankford EMS, SCEMS Medic 103 & EMS 100 for a MVC with rescue on Iron Branch Rd. in the area of the Possum Point Bridge. Initial reports were of a head-on collision involving a tractor trailer & several other vehicles, with subjects trapped with the vehicle on fire. Engine 732 under the command of Deputy McCabe, with a crew of (7) seven marked responding at 12:36 and was given the report. Members of the Millsboro VFC, returning from a call & listening to the reports and knowing that the bridge was Millsboro's first due, responded with Engine 833 and requested their station be alerted also. Prior to the arrival of emergency crews several citizens pulled a partially ejected patient out of the pickup and used (5) five extinguishers on the fire and tried to removed the driver which was reported to be moving at that time, but were unsuccessful due to the intensity of the flames. At 12:38 Engine 833 arrived and Lt. Warrington established IC reporting a multiple vehicle MVC with (1) vehicle, a pickup well involved with the driver trapped. The crew of Engine 833 pulled a 1 1/2" line and began an aggressive attack on the pickup. Next in was Engine 732 at 12:40, and was ordered to pulled an additional attack line with foam to support the crew of Engine 833. The pickup had a ruptured fuel line spilling gasoline and fueling the fire. Engine 831 arrived and stretched a 3" supply line to Engine 833. Ambulance B-73 arrived and began patient care on the second patient of the pickup, along with crews from SCEMS Medic 103. Crews knocked the fire in approximately 5 min., but it proved to be to late. The patient was declared a priority 4 by ALS. At this time EMS had determined a total of 5 patients, (1) one confirmed priority 4, (1) one priority 1, and (3) priority 3 patients of which (2) refused treatment. Rescue Co. 83 arrived and its crew was sent to assist EMS & support the fire attack crews, while Rescue Co. 73 was tasked with Haz-Mat control. Several bags of absorbent were used to try and control the run off of fuel, but with heavy rainfall it was almost useless. Amb. A-73 transported (1) patient for chest pain to PRMC, while Amb. B-73 transported the passenger of the pickup to BMC. The incident was placed under control at 12:51 holding all units. Rescue Co. 73 was released at 14:12, while all other units were held until the driver of the pickup could be extricated after the DSP F.A.I.R. Team had completed their investigation. The driver was finally extricated at 15:15, with final Dagsboro Units cleared at 16:26. Amb. B-73 was recalled to the scene for an eye injury, a Millsboro firefighter had hydraulic fluid sprayed in his eyes after their Hurst block burst. The Delaware State Police, Fatal Accident Investigation Team, along with the Department of Transportation Enforcement are investigating the collision. Crews from Millsboro Cleared at 17:38, while DEL-DOT and DSFP operated into the night assisting with traffic control.
Units Operating on Scene:
Engine 831, Engine 833, Engine 732, Rescue Co. 83, Rescue Co. 73, Amb. A-73, Amb. B-73, SCEMS Medic 103, Medic 106, EMS 16, EMS 42, EMS 100, Chief Medical Examiners Office, DSP, MPD, DPD, DEL-DOT